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Welcome to Alpine Equine Hospital

Your Equine Veterinarian in the Roaring Fork Valley
Hospital Located in Carbondale, CO
Call us at 970-379-7100

In mid-November 2018, Alpine Animal Hospital is restructuring and splitting into two specialized businesses: Alpine Equine Hospital (AEH) and Alpine Animal Hospital (AAH).  While our business structure may have changed, AEH's mission has not! The decision to separate the equine/large animal business will better enable our large animal team to be fully focused on horse and livestock health.  Our large animal staff consists of Dr Chuck Maker, our veterinary intern Dr. Gaik and certified veterinary technician and assistants.  Together we will continue to serve and celebrate the special human animal bond. between horse and rider Alpine Equine’s primary goal is simple: superior service and excellence in medical and surgical care.

As a team, AEH strives to provide the best, most complete and up-to-date medical and surgical care for our patients.  We endeavor to do this while creating a staff friendly work environment which encourages professional development and life-long continuing education. 

Our philosophy is to combine and integrate the values we feel important in our lives with our daily work: treating our clients, staff and patients with the compassion and respect they deserve.  We feel that prompt, competent and reliable 24/7 emergency service is essential to the health and welfare of horses and the peace of mind of their owners.  

We ask for your patience as we navigate this change in our business structure; our aim is to make it as seamless as possible. Check out our new web site and find us on Facebook for updates and important information.  We are always available to address your questions and provide service for your horses and livestock.  We welcome your feedback on how we can improve and better serve you and our community.

we hope you will find information that will introduce you to our veterinary practice and answer many questions you might have regarding our services. 

•    Please familiarize yourself with our services  and leave us feedback at  @Alpineequinehospital.  Check out our facebook page for social content and regular updates and health care blogs
•    Please review our forms  and return to us via fax or e-mail. Many thanks for helping us keep our records up to date.

Doctor phone time is generally 7:30-9:00 a.m. weekdays but we’re always available if not with a patient.   
Questions? If you have any questions, please call.  Appointments are best made by calling the office.

Lastly thank you for allowing us to care for your horse’s care needs.  We look forward to working with you and your horse!

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Chuck Maker, DVM
Member, American Association
of Equine Practitioners


Office Hours

After hour emergency services are available

Monday:

7:30 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

7:30 AM-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

7:30 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

7:30 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

7:30 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

Available for emergencies

Sunday:

Available for emergencies

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