Dr. Schoedler attended Colorado State University, to study Biological Sciences. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from CSU in 1998. Since then, she has worked as a small animal veterinarian in Durango, Colorado. She has owned and operated Alpine Animal Hospital since 2002. She believes the most important factor to any endeavor in life is attitude.
I like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, I’m not into yoga, and I have a whole brain. Rita has worked as a technician since 1992. She enjoys skiing, being on the river and outdoor activities. She shares her home with cats, dogs, snakes, and fish.
Megan joined our pack in February 2015. She was born and raised in Durango on the family farm. She enjoys working with the animals and getting to know the clients. Megan is currently pursuing her Associates degree in Veterinary Technology at San Juan College. She loves camping and hiking and taking photographs of the mountains and raising sheep and goats with her husband and 3 daughters.
Malonie joined us in April of 2017, returning from the deep south with a song in her heart and a heavey horse. Originally from Pagosa Springs, Malonie has a great love for the mountains and animals of every kind. When not helping with the animal’s care she doubles as our IT person. She is an avid Harry Potter fan.
Kristi joined the pack in November 2020 and has lived in Durango for the past 5 years. She has worked as a pet nurse at different veterinary clinic for 3 years before starting at Alpine. In the summers, Kristi is also a wrangler at a local horseback riding outfit. She has two dogs Cali and Grommet as well as a ball python named Luci. When Kristi isn’t working she enjoys hiking, snowboarding, paddleboarding, XC skiing, and many more activities.
Katie Barrowclough, D.V.M.
Dr. Barrowclough worked at Alpine Animal Hospital as support staff before she became a veterinarian. She obtained her bachelors degree from Fort Lewis College and her DVM from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN in 2013. After vet school, she completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital & Referral Center in Albuquerque, NM. Dr. Barrowclough then worked at a busy small animal clinic in California before moving back to her home in Durango. When not at the clinic, she can be found on the river, in the mountains or in the backyard with her family.
Jessica joined our pack in July 2019. She and her husband moved from Oregon to Durango to be closer to family. Jessica has worked in the veterinary field for over 10 years. She has a passion for all pets, especially cats. She loves the outdoors, camping, horseback riding and hiking. She shares her home with 2 adorable kitties.
Hei Hei came to our clinic in November 2018 with severe head trauma. She recovered well and has become our amazing support kitty. She loves to lay in the sun and race around chasing her toys or helping with paperwork.
Hei Hei’s story:
Thanksgiving night we were working late doing surgery on a dog whose stomach had twisted. While stabilizing the dog and getting him ready for surgery, a good samaritan brought in a little tortoiseshell cat that they had found in their yard in a snowbank. She was cold, unconscious, and unresponsive. She didn’t have a mark on her and seemed to have been cared for or caring for herself quite well. We wrapped her in blankets with a hot water bottle. After finishing the surgery, both dog and cat needed to be monitored. The little cat couldn’t hold herself up without help, she couldn’t see and she was still very cold. Cold cats never have a good prognosis, but she was ravenously hungry, even if she needed help to eat. At 3 am while I was feeding her Temptations, she bit through my finger. Alone in the clinic with two stable but very ill patients, I made the decision to quarantine her for the next 10 days to monitor her for Rabies. During that time, I was the one to care for her. Worst case scenario, I did not want to expose anyone else to a potentially sick cat. Ten days later, she was still alive! She could hold herself up a little bit but was still blind. Many blind cats eventually recover their sight. Having suffered a skull fracture and a serious concussion myself, I couldn’t give up on her. I knew objectively that this was not a smart decision, but I felt like she was trying. She purred so loudly when we helped her to eat and when we had to bathe her. Over the next several weeks, we gave her several sponge baths and kept moving her legs. Eventually, she learned to eat and walk on her own. She could always recognize my voice. Even when she couldn’t stand on her own, she would purr when I came to take care of her and talk to her. Maybe it was the smell of canned cat food? Three years later, she and I are still buddies. She has taken up residence at the clinic, my home has a filled cat capacity of two at the moment. She is a failed foster, we were never able to find her original owner if she had one. Today you would never know that there was a time when she could not see, walk or eat on her own. I decided to call her Heihei. She is named for the goofy chicken in Moana who lives.
Noelle Hufnagel, D.V.M.
Dr. Hufnagel received her DVM in 1996 from Colorado State University. Dr. Hufnagel loves to horseback ride and she competes in agility, barn hunts and nose work trials with her 2 border collies. She resides in Bayfield with her 3 children and husband who is an equine veterinarian.
I am Amphilophuscitrinellus, commonly known as a Midas Cichlid, I’m a bright bold and beautiful fish. I look very attractive and wonderful in the tank. As every species of cichlid is somewhat aggressive, so is Nicaragua and Costa Rica. As Lake Nicaragua is the only freshwater lake with a large population of bull sharks, here comes the justification of aggressive nature of Midas Cichlids. We have learned it from our neighbors. I will eat fish, snails, plant material and almost anything that can fit in my mouth.
A very thick glass is needed because Midas Cichlads can get aggressive and are capable of breaking an aquarium. I am very aggressive and it’s not recommended to keep other fish in an aquarium with me.
I can grow up to 18 inches so a large aquarium is needed and I can live up to 15 years old.