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Zach Loppnow


Primary Location: Salinas

Surgery Resident

Dr. Zach Loppnow is a transplant to California from the Midwest. He grew up on a farm in southeastern Minnesota where he and his family had a few trail horses, but the primary focus was raising pigs. He attended the University of Minnesota for undergraduate work in engineering. After five semesters of calculus, he decided to make a switch to veterinary medicine, completing his undergraduate B.S. in Animal Science.

After graduating from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Loppnow took a one-year private practice internship at Anoka Equine Veterinary Services in Minnesota, then stayed on for three more years as an associate in ambulatory equine practice. In 2021, he finally decided to follow a growing passion for surgery, leaving private practice to complete a Large Animal Rotating Internship at Iowa State University Lloyd Large Animal Hospital.

Dr. Loppnow accepted a three-year surgical residency position at Steinbeck Peninsula Equine Clinics in 2022. He enjoys the unique challenges that each new case brings, and especially enjoys connecting with owners as their animals come into his care. He has a strong interest in soft tissue and emergency surgery, along with a growing interest in orthopedic problems, lameness, and sports medicine. His current research work centers around regional limb perfusions in the treatment of septic and contaminated synovial structures.

Outside of work, Dr. Loppnow lives with his wife and their senior dog Bear, a black Golden Newfoundland cross. He and his family still raise pigs and compete at shows with them across the country. He is an avid reader and loves getting recommendations for new books. He also enjoys getting outside for hikes, working with his hands in the woodshop, or getting lost in a new television show or movie.

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