• Thankful for the many blessings and people in our lives
    grateful for the trust you place in us
  • outstanding veterinary care for our patients and excellent service to our clients
    Mules and horses-from trailhead to camp we're there for you and your horse
  • Supporting the special relationship of horses with their owners
    from young to old
  • Offering ambulatory and hospitalized care 24/7/365
    A special thanks to Allison Dechant Dressage
  • Medical and surgical care for horses of all sizes
    We are dedicated to providing excellent care. Call to learn more.
  • The Finest In Veterinary Care
    Please consider leaving your feedback: @Alpineequinehospital
  • Our dedicated staff is dedicated to client education and information on your horse's health
    Dr Gaik can evaluate your horse under saddle for a unique perspective
  • Ensuring your next show prospect's health through all stages of development
    We are dedicated to providing excellent care. Call to learn more.
  • Whether a barrel racer or dressage champion, we are here ready to assist with your horse's needs
    We are dedicated to providing excellent care. Call to learn more.
  • Dedicated to promoting equestrian sports and activities in our youth
    We are dedicated to providing excellent care
  • Supporting our local Carbondale Wild West Rodeo and Time-to-Ride
    Meet a horse today!
  • Celebrating the majestic horse
    All animals deserve compassionate veterinary care. Call today.
  • Committed to mentoring the veterinary professionals of the future
  • Offering digital imaging and regenerative orthopedic therapies helping equine athletes
    A special thank you to Ben Gerst Photography of Carbondale
  • The Finest In Veterinary Care
    Call today to schedule an appointment for your horse.
  • Dedicated to our community and relationships
    Call today for any questions on your horse's health
  • celebrating our equestrian heritage
    We are dedicated to providing excellent care whether header or healer
  • We strive to surpass our clients’ expectations in diagnostics, communication and service.
    Give us a call today
  • offering reliable availability of doctors for emergencies, consultations and routine care
    Serving the roaring fork valley and surrounding communities
  • February is national dental awareness month
    Call now to save 20% on dental sedation and routine dental services
  • Fulfilling the needs of horses big and small
    We are dedicated to providing excellent care. Call to learn more.
  • Partnering with local ranches in our community
    Our goal is superior service. Every time. Your feedback is very important to us.
  • Dedicated to promoting equestrian sports and activities in our local community
    Help us keep horses in the lives of our kids.

Welcome to Alpine Equine Hospital

Your Equine Veterinarian in the Roaring Fork Valley
Hospital Located in Carbondale, CO
Call us at 970-379-7100
After Hours Emergencies (970)-366-1320

Our mission:  We are passionate about the relationship between horse and rider and work to deliver on a commitment of excellence in veterinary care and communication through a dedicated infrastructure and team focused solely on horses and livestock.  

To that end Alpine Animal Hospital has restructured and separate from Alpine Animal Hospital (AAH).  The decision to separate the equine business from Alpine Animal Hospital will better enable our large animal team to be fully focused on equine and livestock health.  Our veterinary staff consists of Dr Chuck Maker, our veterinary intern 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, Alpine Equine 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 feedback as we navigate this change in our business structure; our aim is to make it as seamless as possible. We hope you enjoy 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, livestock and small ruminants.  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.  Please 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 8:00-9:00 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 at 970-379-7100. Have an emergency? Call us at 970-366-1320

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


Chuck Maker, DVM
Member, American Association
of Equine Practitioners

Meet Our Doctors

  • Dr.
    Chuck Maker
    Staff Doctor

    Dr. Maker is passionate about enriching the human-animal bond between horse and rider. Dr. Maker believes in life long learning to better enhance the care of his equine patients.  He greatly enjoys mentoring veterinary students and recent graduates and interns for the betterment of our professions.  He believes in the importance of keeping horses and our ranching heritage in the lives of local youth.

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  • Dr.
    Jen Kelley
    Equine Intern 2019-2020

    Dr. Jen Kelley grew up in Littleton, CO and graduated from Colorado State University's DVM program this past May. She has always had a passion for working with animals from showing hunter jumper horses to competing in dog shows and wanted to become a veterinarian from an early age. 

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Read What Our Clients Say

  • "Dr. Maker has been there for my horses since 1993 and Equine Vet Tech Becky Cash joined in 2001. The Interns that train and gain hands-on experience with them are always of the highest caliber. They are a dedicated team. I can highly recommend Alpine Equine to my equestrian friends."
    Lynn Kirchner
  • "Dr. Maker is amazing with all of my animals. He and his staff are patient and thorough and always take the very best care of all of my animals."
    Sarah Mohn Smith
  • "I love Dr Chuck and all his staff. He is very caring, my animals love him too!"
    Jean Powell
  • "Dr. Maker is fantastic, he cares about helping horses and owners! Very talented veterinarian!"
    Jolee Stegemoller

Our goal is superior service. Every time!!
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