Past Interns

Alpine equine has enjoyed mentoring the next generation of equine veterinarians since 2009.  Below are our last four equine vet med interns. See our program page if you are interested in finding out more regarding our equine veterinary internship program.

  • Angela Durkac
    DVM
    Veterinary Intern 2020-2021

    Dr. Angela Durkac grew up in Yorktown, Virginia. She knew from a young age that she wanted to be a veterinarian, but it wasn't until high school working with a local equine veterinarian that she found her passion for equine medicine. She completed her undergraduate degree in Indiana where she worked with the equestrian team and the local animal shelter. She graduated from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine's DVM program in May 2020. 

    Dr. Durkac enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but has a special interest in ophthalmology and equine reproductive medicine. She is also a former extern
    at Alpine Equine Hospital and enjoys the diverse cases and fast-paced nature. She is excited to advance her skills and knowledge of all equids, both large and small, during her internship year. During her free time, she enjoys  spending time with friends and family, and many outdoor activities, including anything on the water, running and hiking with her two dogs. She has a 8-year-old Sheltie named Bandit and a 3-year-old hound mix named Chewy. 

  • Dr.
    Tim Rogers
    DVM
    Associate veterinarian/Doctor of chiropractic

    Dr Tim graduated CSU veterinary college in 2012 with one goal in mind. That goal was to treat the whole horse. What that means to me is that every isolated pathology has a bigger picture than the broken part the veterinarian is trying to heal. I believe we have to be willing to step back and consider the whole horse. Tendon and ligament injuries don't occur in isolation. We have to consider the horse's feet, his movement quality, the health of his back and neck and pelvis, and even nutrition. Before veterinary college I trained as a Rolfer and a Pilates instructor. I've tried to bring that same mindset to treating horses. As a result, I've continued my education by completing the animal chiropractic program at Parker Chiropractic College in 2013, multiple courses in equine osteopathy at the Vluggen Institute, and I have studied extensively with the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology and Mission Farrier school and Dr Rick Redden's podiatry course in Kentucky. In the center of all of this, I am passionate about hooves. They teach us in veterinary school that 90% of lameness starts in the feet. After veterinary college, the first thing I did was attend Mission Farrier school, a special place that focuses the learning around foot function and balance rather than shoemaking and craftsmanship. Every day in school we had to watch each horse go at a walk or trot and evaluate the whole horse, not simply what size shoe the horse might need. Likewise, no horse went home at the end of the day without a second look to make sure he was moving better. If not, then the podiatry plan had to be reevaluated. It's the inspiration from that experience that keeps me searching for more knowledge, to be able to consider more and more of the horse in each evaluation. Sure it's very important to diagnose the current injuries and treat them successfully, but to me the greatest challenge is looking from a whole horse perspective and trying to figure out how the horse got injured in the first place, and how we can best prevent further problems. I hope this approach one day will be the standard by which equine veterinarians practice.

  • Dr.
    Jen Kelley DVM
    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. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Colorado College, and went on to pursue her veterinary school pre-requisites at the University of Colorado Denver while working as an equine veterinary assistant. Dr. Kelley discovered her love for small animal and equine dentistry while in veterinary school and intends to pursue a dentistry and oral surgery residency after completing her internship. Her professional interests also include contributing to the health and wellness of all creatures great and small, and she greatly looks forward to being a part of the Roaring Fork Valley community.Dr. Kelley is joined in Carbondale by her cat Pantouf, and Gypsy Cob gelding Sundance, aka Tubb Tubb. She enjoys carriage driving, trail riding, hiking, and biking in such a gorgeous setting as the Roaring Fork Valley.

  • Dr. Caroline Frank DVM Frank
    DVM
    Equine Intern 2021/2022

    Dr. Caroline Frank grew up in Houston, Texas. Since she was 3 years old, she knew that she wanted to become a Veterinarian. Dr. Frank has always had a love for horses and has been an avid hunter/jumper rider. While attending Texas Tech University, she competed on their equestrian team and received her Bachelor’s in Animal Sciences. Dr. Frank attended St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine on the island of Grenada and completed her clinical year training at the University of Missouri. 

    Dr. Frank loves all areas of veterinary medicine, but her main interests include equine internal medicine, dentistry, and preventative care. She is very excited to be a part of the Alpine Equine team. She looks forward
    to improving her knowledge and skills in not only Equine medicine, but also with small and large animals as well. Apart from Veterinary medicine Dr. Frank enjoys horseback riding, running, downhill skiing, and spending time with her husband, Alex, and their 3 long-haired dachshunds: Maudie (13), Ham (4), and
    Heidi (1). 

    All look forward to settling down, getting back to their small town roots, and enjoying all that Colorado has to offer!

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