Thal Equine LLC
Regional Equine Hospital • Horse Owner Education & Resources
Santa Fe, New Mexico • 505-438-6590

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Douglas O. Thal DVM DABVP

 

Dr. Thal in Surgery

Dr. Thal is the owner of Thal Equine. Raised on a cattle ranch in Northern New Mexico in a family of horse enthusiasts, Doug Thal has been riding and training horses since childhood.  Dr. Thal attended the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, where he received his DVM degree in 1993 with an emphasis on equine and large animal medicine and surgery.  Following veterinary school, Dr. Thal was the resident intern at Littleton Large Animal Clinic (now called Littleton Equine Medical Center) in Littleton, Colorado in 1993-1994.

Littleton was and remains one of the largest private equine hospitals in the Rocky Mountain region.  As an intern living on site, Dr. Thal assisted with a heavy caseload and gained valuable experience that he used in forming his own practice and practice philosophy.  Littleton is highly regarded for its in-depth and precise lameness diagnosis, and Dr. Thal maintains a keen interest in that area.

In 2010 Dr. Thal became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, and is board certified in Equine Practice.  For more information about the ABVP see http://www.abvp.com/.  Dr. Thal is very committed to client education and has published numerous articles on various aspects of equine healthcare.  He also regularly conducts workshops and seminars on equine healthcare for his clientele.

In the Spring of 2011, Dr. Thal had an epiphany about client education that lead to the development of Horse Side Vet Guide®, a mobile application for horse owners and equine professionals available on iTunes & GooglePlay.  Since then Dr. Thal, his veterinary staff, a select group of client advisors, veterinary peers, and talented professionals have been working diligently on the creation of this mobile application.

For more information about Dr. Thal see Dr. Thal’s CV.


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Joshua Kloeppel DVM

Josh Kloeppel DVM Bio Pic in Adobe Barn

 

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Dr. Joshua Kloeppel DVM is our resident intern. He graduated from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. He is a native New Mexican; his family having been here for generations. He received his undergraduate degree in Animal Science from New Mexico State University.

Josh grew up around horses and has a great interest in equine practice. For 2½ years, Josh worked as an associate veterinarian at Zia Equine in Albuquerque, seeing a wide variety of horses. Since then, Josh has worked to expand his knowledge and experience, spending time in the CSU ambulatory medicine department.

He is with us at Thal Equine for the next six months to expand his knowledge and experience, and to help us continue to provide the best equine veterinary services possible.

Dr. Kloeppel is a smart and personable young veterinarian, and we are very excited for him to join our practice. We think you will enjoy him.

 


 

Brian Van Der Wege

Brian Van Der Wege

 

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Brian is our facilities manager and a veterinary assistant at Thal Equine.  He was raised in East-Central New Mexico and began working with and riding horses at an early age.  Brian has a fine mind, predisposed to understanding mechanical systems.  Brian keeps everything running smoothly around here, from the tractor to the anesthesia machine, to the computer network.  We appreciate his broad skill set!

In the last few years, Brian has perfected the art of composting horse manure, yielding high quality “black gold” compost for us to use in our landscaping projects.  For more information see our For the Planet page.  In his free time Brian races sports cars and rides his motorcycle. 


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Tomas Medrano

 

Tomas Riding

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Tomas is our senior barn hand and a veterinary assistant at Thal Equine.  Tomas cares for our boarded horses daily and is regularly of great help with our veterinary patients.  Tomas is originally from Chihuahua, Mexico.  He was a jockey for several years in California.


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Kristin Thal

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Kristin is our business manager at Thal Equine.  A double alma mater of the University of New Mexico, Dr. Thal persuaded her to return to New Mexico from her hometown of Denver in 2005. Luckily, she likes both green and red chili.

505-438-6590

Fax: 505-474-7645

Dr. Thal se habla Español

69 Bonanza Creek Road

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508

69 Bonanza Creek Road

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508

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