2011 Newsletter

Happy New Year! We hope you and your horses had a good 2010 and have a healthy and more prosperous 2011. Lots of news and events have been happening at Durango Equine despite the slow economy. Our veterinarians Drs. Lloyd Kloppe, Traci Hulse , Alana Hendrix and Bridget Bourke have been busy with fall appointments including many dentistries and other routine care. Dr. Kloppe is still active in the spring with all the reproductive work including stallion collections, breeding mares and embryo retrievals. If you haven’t seen Dr. Kloppe for awhile… you would be surprised at his transformation. He has become an avid runner, is eating healthier and has lost 40 lbs this past year.  He has completed 2 marathons and has more in the works. What an accomplishment! He tries to motivate all of us to be healthier and most of the staff participated in this year’s Pat Tillman Walk/Run in April. I’m sure we will be there again this spring. His son, Bryan is in his 3rd year of college. Dr. Kloppe and Jana try to visit Bryan frequently back at Manhattan Christian College in Kansas. This past fall, Dr. Kloppe was able to experience an opportunity of a lifetime by participating in a Veterinary Safari in South Africa. This trip was sponsored by the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association. Eight Arizona veterinarians went to South Africa for 10 days and were able to assist the South African veterinarians with procedures on giraffes, cheetahs, rhinos, and wildebeest.

 Dr. Traci Hulse continues to balance her work and her two young children. Devin is now 6 yrs old and in kindergarten at Scott Libby and Kyle is 3 yrs old. Dr. Alana Hendrix and her husband, Derek, welcomed their son, Sawyer, born in October. He joins his older sister, Savannah, 21 months old, to round out their family. She just started back to work in the mornings in January after maternity leave this fall.  She continues to offer acupuncture diagnostics and treatment as a specialty to our clients.

Deanna, our manager, is doing a great job of running the office. I’m sure most of you have talked to her friendly voice on the phone many times. Debbie , Dr Hulse’s primary assistant, continues to be a dependable and friendly face at our clinic. Unfortunately and ironically, Debbie recently learned she has allergies to many animals! (so do Dr. Kloppe and Jana). But, they don’t let that stop them from working and living with them! Brenda has now been working as an assistant at our practice for 5 years. Brenda is also a devoted horse owner. She shows, breeds and rides Arabian horses. She also continues her private grooming services for both horses and small animals. Sadly, Brenda and Deanna lost two beautiful horse companions this past year. So, they certainly understand and empathize when our clients lose horses too.

 We would like to welcome Dr. Bridget Bourke as our intern this year. Dr. Bourke joined our practice in June. Great things can sometimes come in small packages…She is one of the top graduates from her class at Texas A & M’s College of Veterinary Medicine.  We are fortunate to have her work at our practice this year. Dr. Bourke brought her 2 dogs and her horse with her to Arizona.

We are offering another client education seminar at our clinic on Saturday, January 29th  2011, from 9am-1pm. Because this seminar is our way of giving back to our clients, there is no charge and you and your friends are welcome. These seminars have been a great success in the past and we hope you can join us. This year’s topics include… reproduction, colic, acupuncture and nutrition.  The speakers this year are our own veterinarians… Drs. Lloyd Kloppe, Traci Hulse and Alana Hendrix and Gina Mazzella, equine nutrition specialist from Purina Mills.  We will provide food and drinks. Please RSVP to the clinic by January 26th if you plan to attend so we have enough food and seating.

Some reminders for the upcoming year…. Don’t forget to vaccinate your horses against West Nile virus. Although there are fewer cases of horses having West Nile, it is still out there. Arizona had the most human cases of West Nile in the US last year with over 100 people affected. Also, don’t forget to give your horses the 5-way vaccine annually. This past year, a surprise outbreak occurred in Michigan of Eastern Encephalomyelitis which killed over 130 horses that were not vaccinated recently. You never know when an outbreak will occur! We are continuing to recommend annual rabies vaccines for your horses. In 2009, Arizona had the highest number of rabid animals in our state’s history with 280 animals testing positive. Three of those were horses, one which lived in Maricopa County. In 2010, our state had 102 positive rabies cases. 

This has been our first year of offering fecal egg counts to our clients. Being a new service we offer, it has been a great success and very helpful to our clients in determining their horses’ parasite burden. It has aided us in giving advice on the proper dewormers and schedule to each client based on their specific horse’s needs. This is a very cost effective tool in your deworming program. We encourage you to have your horse’s manure examined during your spring or fall vaccination appointments. Or, you can drop off a sample anytime at our clinic. It is only $15 per sample. We usually run the samples on Wed or Thurs. We also are still offering referral ophthalmic exams and treatments on Wed mornings at our clinic with Dr. Norman from Eye Care for Animals. This has really been a great service for all horse owners on the west side. We are happy to now offer these services at our practice.

Many of you may have experienced veterinary students (externs) and volunteers riding along and working with us during our appointments. We appreciate your warm and welcoming attitude to them. We think it is very important to offer this service to young people who want to become veterinarians. They are our future.

In the current economy, unfortunately, malnourished and neglected horses are becoming more common. Our clinic, in particular Dr. Hendrix, works extensively with the Maricopa County Sheriff Department’s Animal Cruelty and MASH units to provide care and rehabilitation for these animals. If you have any concerns about the condition of any animals, please call the Animal Cruelty and Neglect Hotline at 602-876-1681 or call our clinic so we can help. If you are interested in adopting a horse that needs a home, please call us or the MASH unit at 602-876-1212.

Some of you will be receiving this newsletter and seminar invitation via email. If you received this letter by mail and would like to be added to our email list- please let us know. We are currently trying to “go green” and start sending out newsletters and equine medical news updates via email. Be assured, your email address is secure with us and we don’t use a service that will sell, solicit or spam your email address. Your information is completely confidential.   We hope to see you at the client seminar Saturday, Jan. 29th.