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Alpine Animal Hospital offers career-building opportunities for qualified veterinary and technical students throughout the year. If you are looking for a mixed animal experience at a vibrant clinic in a beautiful physical setting, please take a moment to review this website and check out our externship, internship, and employment opportunities.

We have a qualified team and are fortunate to have limited hiring needs. That said, we are always looking for the right opportunity to invite new staff members with the skills and attributes that match our needs, to join us. The best way to a career with Alpine Animal Hospital is through the externship and internship programs.

Thank you in advance for considering us. The staff at AAH wish you the best of luck in finding the right opportunity in the veterinary health care profession.

Veterinary Nurse

If you are a Veterinary Nurse/Assistant looking for an opportunity on the beautiful Western Slope of Colorado, we would love to hear from you! Alpine Animal Hospital in Carbondale, CO is an AAHA accredited practice with Fear Free certified staff, providing a full range of in-patient care, wellness, dentistry, surgery, and emergency services. We are focused on nurturing long-term relationships with our clients and patients, providing the highest quality, least stressful veterinary care, as well as maintaining a caring, supportive team environment.

Requirements include a team-centric attitude, the ability to communicate, and a willingness to grow and develop your skills as a nurse. Complete benefits package including a moving stipend with a signed employment contract.

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and two professional references.

Emergency Veterinarian

Alpine Animal Hospital in Carbondale, Colorado, is seeking to support the people and pets of the Roaring Fork Valley by growing our services to include 24-hour care. Alpine has been a part of the valley for over 40 years, and we are a privately owned, AAHA accredited practice with a Fear Free Certified team. We offer specialty dentistry services, surgical and dental suites, a cat-specific room, a comfort room with separate exit, isolation, endoscopy, ultrasound, digital radiography, laser therapy, a complete in-house laboratory, pharmacy, and more.

We are hopeful of finding an individual who will want to call the valley and Alpine Animal Hospital home. Our needs are for an experienced small animal general practitioner with experience in surgery and emergency medicine that is team-oriented, motivated, and wants to help people in our community be the best pet parents possible. Here at Alpine, our culture is extremely important, and we are looking for the right person to help care for our patients and become part of our team.

Our staff enthusiastically provides the very best care for our patients and empathy for our clients. Located on the western slope of Colorado, our valley is a wonderful place to raise a family, play in the rivers and on the mountains, and pursue all kinds of outdoor activities. We have quality schools and an abundance of small-town social and cultural events. Most of the valley is extremely pet friendly, and our clients are interested in taking good care of their animals. We work hard to nurture long-term relationships and provide quality service that will serve our patients and our clients. We are looking for someone who is interested in joining and enhancing these partnerships while maintaining a positive work-life balance, job satisfaction, and maintaining a caring, supportive team environment.

Our work features:

  • Ultrasound, digital x-ray, therapeutic laser, shockwave, endoscopy, a full-service lab, and pharmacy, complete dental and surgical suites
  • Ambulatory and home health care services
  • A designated feline-only room for our feline patients
  • Fear Free certified staff
  • A designated comfort room and garden for saying good-bye to patients
  • A 10,000 square foot facility that allows us to provide full service large and small animal services very efficiently (we share the building with a separate business; Alpine Equine Hospital, an equine and large animal veterinary service).

We are striving to provide 24/7/365 care for the people and pets in our Valley. We offer a competitive salary, paid-time-off, continuing education and professional membership allowances, access to group health insurance plans, IRA contribution, uniform allowance, and paid licensure fees. We also offer a moving stipend with a signed employment contract.

Emergency Nurse

If you are a Veterinary Nurse looking for an opportunity on the beautiful Western Slope of Colorado, we would like to hear from you. We are looking for a technically skilled individual with broad experience that is interested in joining our team and helping provide 24-hour care to the people and pets of the Roaring Fork Valley. Alpine Animal Hospital in Carbondale, CO is an AAHA accredited practice with Fear Free certified staff, providing a full range of in-patient care, wellness, dentistry (routine and specialty), surgery, and emergency services. We are focused on nurturing long-term relationships that will serve our clients and patients. We strive to provide high-quality, low-stress veterinary care to our patients while maintaining a caring, supportive team environment.

Requirements include a team-centric attitude, the ability to communicate effectively, and a willingness to grow and develop your skills as a veterinary nurse. Salary is commensurate with experience, and employee benefits include health insurance, retirement plan, continuing education, discounted pet care, uniform allowance, paid license fees, and paid time off.

Veterinary Internship

Alpine Animal Hospital has one full-time intern per year. Internships start in June, and the next opening is for June 2021; we are currently accepting applications. At this time, we are only considering legal residents of the USA as candidates for this position. Our program emphasizes learning and is a fantastic opportunity for a graduate interested in rural mixed practice to gain experience and do so in a breathtaking physical environment surrounded by the Rocky Mountains.

Forms & Information

Internship Application
AAH Internship General Duties

Application Deadline: December 1st 

Practice Name: Alpine Animal Hospital, PC

Primary Contact Person: Cheryl Streater, Hospital Manager

17776 Highway 82
Carbondale, CO 81623

Telephone: 970-963-2371
Fax: 970-963-2372
Email: cheryl@alpinevet.co

Alpine Animal Hospital has a one-year-long internship per year. It is heartening to see how many qualified future vets are interested in this opportunity; unfortunately, we are only equipped to accept one intern. The best way to be considered is to have participated in an externship with us. We look forward to hearing from you.

Type of Practice:

Our practice has undergone a restructure, and we have split the companion animal and equine/large animal services into two separate practices: Alpine Animal Hospital and Alpine Equine Hospital. As the internship is a “shared” program, participants will have the opportunity to experience both disciplines.

Facilities:

Built in 2010, 10,400 square feet
Medical/Repro/Surgery facility with 4heated stalls and lameness/treatment areas.
The practice is equipped for digital radiology, ultrasonography,  focused shock wave, thermography, and endoscopy.
A surgery suite is available for routine and elective procedures as well as emergency surgeries.

Our Veterinarians

Chuck Maker DVM – Alpine Equine Hospital

Louise Marron DVM,  DAVDC – Companion animal health and specialty companion/equine dentistry

Melissa Gisleson DVM – Companion animal health and surgery

Equine Case Load:

Sport Horses (hunters, jumpers, saddleseat, dressage)
Broodmares (routine, ET, frozen semen)
Pleasure Horses

Companion Animal Caseload: restricted to general practice feline and canine and specialty dentistry

Types of Cases (estimated % by system or categories):

Equine:
Lameness – 25%
Repro – 25%
Medicine and Surgery – 15%
Routine (wellness, dentistry)- 20%
Other Pleasure Horse Work – 15%

Companion Animal:
Wellness – 35%
Dentistry and Surgery- 35%
Routine (wellness, dentistry )- 15%
Other/Nutrition; restricted to dogs and cats- 20%

Estimated Breakdown of Daily or Weekly Load:

The caseload will reflect the practice. The workweek will vary with the time of the year, averaging 50-55 hours/week. Less time could be spent, but doing so would mean not availing oneself of the learning opportunities offered.

Philosophy of Internship:

THIS MIXED ANIMAL INTERNSHIP IS FOCUSED ON LEARNING. Areas of training include Dentistry, Radiology, Reproduction, Practice Management, Client Education, Fluid Therapy, Laboratory, Pediatrics. General Medicine, Ultrasonography, Endoscopy, Surgery, Ophthalmology, Technical Skills, Lameness, Shock wave, stem cell, PRP, and IRAP lameness therapies.

The learning protocol is available upon request.

Prerequisites of Application and Internship:

The applicant will provide a CV and a letter of application that addresses their desire to be involved in an internship.
Three letters from individuals that can attest to the applicant’s skill, work ethic, and personality must be provided as well. A visit to or externship at the practice is recommended.

Veterinary Student Externship

Forms & Information

At this time, we are only considering legal residents of the USA as candidates for this position.

Extern application

Application Deadline: Open

Practice Name: Alpine Animal Hospital, PC

Primary Contact Person: Cheryl Streater, Hospital Manager

17776 Highway 82
Carbondale, CO 81623

Telephone: 970-963-2371
Fax: 970-963-2372
Email: cheryl@alpinevet.co

Our Staff:

3 Staff Veterinarians
1 Intern
2 Office Staff
6 Techs
2 Vet Tech Assistants

Type of Practice:

Our practice has undergone a restructure, and we have split the companion animal and equine/large animal services into two separate practices: Alpine Animal Hospital and Alpine Equine Hospital. As the Externship is a “shared” program, participants will have the opportunity to experience both disciplines.

Facilities:

  • Built in 2010, 10,400 square feet
  • Five companion animal exam rooms, K9/Feline/isolation wards, and a complete in-house laboratory.
  • Large animal Medical/Repro/Surgery facility with 4heated stalls and lameness/treatment areas.
  • The practice is equipped for digital radiology, ultrasonography,  focused shock wave, and endoscopy.
  • Surgery and dental suites available for simple and elective procedures as well as emergency surgeries and specialty procedures.

Our Veterinarians

Louise Marron DVM, DAVDC – Companion animal health and specialty small animal and equine dentistry

Melissa Gisleson DVM – Companion animal health and surgery

Chuck Maker DVM – Alpine Equine Hospital

Companion Animal Caseload: General practice feline and canine and specialty dentistry (equine and companion animal)

Equine Case Load: Sport Horses (hunters, jumpers, saddle seat, dressage) Broodmares (routine, ET, frozen semen) Pleasure Horses Routine and Specialty Dentistry

Types of Cases (estimated % by system or categories):

Companion Animal:
Wellness – 35%
Dentistry and Surgery- 35%
Routine (wellness, dentistry )- 15%
Other/Nutrition; restricted to dogs and cats- 20%

Equine:
Lameness – 25%
Repro – 25%
Medicine and Surgery – 15%
Routine (wellness, dentistry)- 20%
Other Pleasure Horse Work – 15%

Estimated Breakdown of Daily or Weekly Load:

The caseload will reflect the practice. The workweek will vary with the time of the year, averaging 50-55 hours/week. Less time could be spent, but doing so would mean not availing oneself of the learning opportunities offered.

Philosophy of Externship:

THIS MIXED ANIMAL EXTERNSHIP IS FOCUSED ON LEARNING. Areas of training include Dentistry, Radiology, Reproduction, Practice Management, Client Education, Fluid Therapy, Laboratory, Pediatrics. General Medicine, Ultrasonography, Endoscopy, Surgery, Ophthalmology, Technical Skills, Lameness, Shock wave, stem cell, PRP, and IRAP lameness therapies.

Prerequisites of Application and Externship:

The applicant will provide a CV and a letter of application that addresses their desire to be involved in an externship.
Two letters from individuals that can attest to the applicant’s skill, work ethic, and personality are required.

Notification of Acceptance: By mail, email, or phone

Employee Benefits: None

Employment Contracts: None

Externship Available: Contact practice via email to determine availability.  Have desired date ranges available.

List of Externship Duties in Practice: Our Externship is focused on learning, and the majority of the time is spent in observation and inquiry.  Hands-on experience is on the invitation of the doctor or practicing technician.  The extern will always take the lead from the professionals they are working with and should not hesitate to ask questions while working with them.

1. Learning
2. Radiology
3. Dentistry assistance
4. Assist on ambulatory calls.
5. Assist with in-house medicine and surgery as required
6. Partake in staff and client educational program.
7. Emergency duty assistance.
8. Help with daily cleaning and patient care. 

Emergency Duty Requirements:

1. The extern will accompany the on-call doctor for interesting emergencies but will not have primary ambulatory emergency duties. In the remaining.  The extern will be on call to assist with ambulatory/hospitalized cases one to two nights a week and one to two weekends a month.
2. The extern will be on duty with the crew as cases dictate.  Small animal intensive care patient care will also be borne by the intern /externs and technicians, and senior DVM staff as cases dictate.
3. The extern will assist with after-hours treatments as needed for clinic cases.
4. There is emergency surgery performed at the clinic, and the number of cases that require care through the night varies throughout the year.

Amount of Supervision:

During the program, the extern will either be under the direct supervision of a veterinarian or in lab situations most of the time. The equine and small animal caseload varies throughout the year, and the proportion of large and small animal cases will vary accordingly.

Externship Salary:  This is an unpaid opportunity.  Housing may be provided.

Term of Employment: Variable according to applicant’s time availability and hospital schedule.

Certified Veterinary Technician Externship

Application Deadline: Open

Practice Name: Alpine Animal Hospital, PC

Primary Contact Person: Cheryl Streater, Hospital Manager

17776 Highway 82
Carbondale, CO 81623

Telephone: 970-963-2371
Fax: 970-963-2372
Email: cheryl@alpinevet.co

Our Staff:

3 Staff Veterinarians
1 Intern
2 Office Staff
6 Techs
2 Vet Tech Assistants

Type of Practice:

Our practice has undergone a restructure, and we have split the companion animal and equine/large animal services into two separate practices:  Alpine Animal Hospital and Alpine Equine Hospital.  As the Externship is a “shared” program, participants will have the opportunity to experience both disciplines.

Facilities:

  • Built in 2010, 10,400 square feet
  • Five companion animal exam rooms, K9/Feline/isolation wards, and a complete in-house laboratory.
  • Large animal Medical/Repro/Surgery facility with 4heated stalls and lameness/treatment areas.
  • The practice is equipped for digital radiology, ultrasonography,  focused shock wave, and endoscopy.
  • Surgery and dental suites available for simple and elective procedures as well as emergency surgeries and specialty procedures.

Our Veterinarians

Louise Marron DVM, DAVDC – Companion animal health and specialty small animal and equine dentistry

Melissa Gisleson DVM – Companion animal health and surgery

Chuck Maker DVM – Alpine Equine Hospital

Equine Case Load:

Sport Horses (hunters, jumpers, saddle seat, dressage)
Broodmares (routine, ET, frozen semen)
Pleasure Horses

Companion Animal Caseload: Restricted to general practice companion animal and specialty dentistry

Types of Cases (estimated % by system or categories):

Equine:
Lameness – 25%
Repro – 25%
Medicine and Surgery – 15%
Routine (wellness, dentistry)- 20%
Other Pleasure Horse Work – 15%

Companion Animal:
Wellness – 35%
Dentistry and Surgery- 35%
Routine (wellness, dentistry )- 15%
Other/Nutrition; restricted to dogs and cats- 20%

Estimated Breakdown of Daily or Weekly Load:

The caseload will reflect the practice. The workweek will vary with the time of the year, averaging 35 hours/week.

Philosophy of Internship:

THIS MIXED ANIMAL CVT EXTERNSHIP IS FOCUSED ON LEARNING. Areas of training include Dentistry, Radiology, Reproduction, Practice Management, Client Education, Fluid Therapy, Laboratory, Pediatrics. General Medicine, Ultrasonography, Endoscopy, Surgery, Ophthalmology, Technical Skills, Lameness, Shock wave, Stem Cell, PRP and IRAP lameness therapies.

The learning protocol is available upon request.

Prerequisites of Application and Internship:

The applicant will provide a CV and a letter of application that addresses their desire to be involved in an externship.

Three letters from individuals that can attest to the applicant’s skill, work ethic, and personality are required.

Notification of Acceptance: By Mail or Email or phone

Employee Benefits: None

Employment Contracts: None

Externship Available: www.alpinehospital.com

List of Externship Duties in Practice:

1. Learning
2. Radiology
3. Dentistry assistance
4. Assist foal and colic watch personnel during foaling and medical and surgical colics.
5. Assist on ambulatory calls.
6. Assist with in-house medicine, surgery, reproduction as required
7. Partake in Client Education programs
8. Emergency duty assistance

Emergency Duty Requirements:

1. The CVT extern will assist the DVM and CVT staff of AAH with routine cases and emergencies. The extern will be asked to participate on call for ambulatory/hospitalized cases, mostly as an observer.
2. There is emergency surgery performed at the clinic, and the number of cases that require care through the night varies throughout the year.

Amount of Supervision:

The extern will be under the direct supervision of a veterinarian or CVT as applicant skillset and cases dictate. The equine and small animal caseload varies throughout the year, and the proportion of large and small animal cases will vary accordingly.

Externship Salary: None. This is a volunteer position.

Term of Employment: Variable according to applicants time availability

Veterinary Student Externship

Forms & Information

At this time, we are only considering legal residents of the USA as candidates for this position.

Extern application

Application Deadline: Open

Practice Name: Alpine Animal Hospital, PC

Primary Contact Person: Cheryl Streater, Hospital Manager

17776 Highway 82
Carbondale, CO 81623

Telephone: 970-963-2371
Fax: 970-963-2372
Email: cheryl@alpinevet.co

Our Staff:

3 Staff Veterinarians
1 Intern
2 Office Staff
6 Techs
2 Vet Tech Assistants

Type of Practice:

Our practice has undergone a restructure, and we have split the companion animal and equine/large animal services into two separate practices:  Alpine Animal Hospital and Alpine Equine Hospital.  As the Externship is a “shared” program, participants will have the opportunity to experience both disciplines.

Facilities:

  • Built in 2010, 10,400 square feet
  • Five companion animal exam rooms, K9/Feline/isolation wards, and a complete in-house laboratory.
  • Large animal Medical/Repro/Surgery facility with 4heated stalls and lameness/treatment areas.
  • The practice is equipped for digital radiology, ultrasonography,  focused shock wave, and endoscopy.
  • Surgery and dental suites available for simple and elective procedures as well as emergency surgeries and specialty procedures.

Our Veterinarians

Louise Marron DVM, DAVDC – Companion animal health and specialty small animal and equine dentistry

Melissa Gisleson DVM – Companion animal health and surgery

Chuck Maker DVM – Alpine Equine Hospital

Companion Animal Caseload: General practice feline and canine and specialty dentistry (equine and companion animal)

Equine Case Load: Sport Horses (hunters, jumpers, saddle seat, dressage) Broodmares (routine, ET, frozen semen) Pleasure Horses Routine and Specialty Dentistry

Types of Cases (estimated % by system or categories):

Companion Animal:
Wellness – 35%
Dentistry and Surgery- 35%
Routine (wellness, dentistry )- 15%
Other/Nutrition; restricted to dogs and cats- 20%

Equine:
Lameness – 25%
Repro – 25%
Medicine and Surgery – 15%
Routine (wellness, dentistry)- 20%
Other Pleasure Horse Work – 15%

Estimated Breakdown of Daily or Weekly Load:

The caseload will reflect the practice. The workweek will vary with the time of the year, averaging 50-55 hours/week. Less time could be spent, but doing so would mean not availing oneself of the learning opportunities offered.

Philosophy of Externship:

THIS MIXED ANIMAL EXTERNSHIP IS FOCUSED ON LEARNING. Areas of training include Dentistry, Radiology, Reproduction, Practice Management, Client Education, Fluid Therapy, Laboratory, Pediatrics. General Medicine, Ultrasonography, Endoscopy, Surgery, Ophthalmology, Technical Skills, Lameness, Shock wave, stem cell, PRP and, IRAP lameness therapies.

Prerequisites of Application and Externship:

The applicant will provide a CV and a letter of application that addresses their desire to be involved in an externship.
Two letters from individuals that can attest to the applicant’s skill, work ethic, and personality are required.

Notification of Acceptance: By mail, email, or phone

Employee Benefits: None

Employment Contracts: None

Externship Available: Contact practice via email to determine availability.  Have desired date ranges available.

List of Externship Duties in Practice: Our Externship is focused on learning, and the majority of the time is spent in observation and inquiry.  Hands-on experience is on the invitation of the doctor or practicing technician.  The extern will always take the lead from the professionals they are working with and should not hesitate to ask questions while working with them.

1. Learning
2. Radiology
3. Dentistry assistance
4. Assist on ambulatory calls.
5. Assist with in-house medicine and surgery as required
6. Partake in staff and client educational program.
7. Emergency duty assistance.
8. Help with daily cleaning and patient care. 

Emergency Duty Requirements:

1. The extern will accompany the on-call doctor for interesting emergencies but will not have primary ambulatory emergency duties. In the remaining.  The extern will be on call to assist with ambulatory/hospitalized cases one to two nights a week and one to two weekends a month.
2. The extern will be on duty with the crew as cases dictate.  Small animal intensive care patient care will also be borne by the intern /externs and technicians, and senior DVM staff as cases dictate.
3. The extern will assist with after-hours treatments as needed for clinic cases.
4. There is emergency surgery performed at the clinic, and the number of cases that require care through the night varies throughout the year.

Amount of Supervision:

During the program, the extern will either be under the direct supervision of a veterinarian or in lab situations most of the time. The equine and small animal caseload varies throughout the year, and the proportion of large and small animal cases will vary accordingly.

Externship Salary:  This is an unpaid opportunity.  Housing may be provided.

Term of Employment: Variable according to applicant’s time availability and hospital schedule.

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Serving the pets of the Roaring Fork Valley since 1970.

At Alpine Animal Hospital, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.

Contact Info

Phone: 970-963-2371
Fax: 970-963-2372
Email: customerservice@alpinevet.co

Hours

Mon - Fri: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sat: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sun: Closed

Emergency Calls/After Hours 

Mon - Thurs: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

After that (and on weekends) we transfer calls to Valley Emergency Pet Care 970-927-5066

Location

17776 Highway 82
Carbondale, CO 81623
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