Equine Rehabilitation

One of the newest areas of focus for our practice is the sports medicine rehabilitation of our equine athletes. Furlong’s Soundness Center, our equine rehabilitation center, is conveniently located across the street from our main clinic in Oldwick, New Jersey. This state-of-the-art facility allows us to provide the highest quality of individualized care to every patient. Our team of doctors and technicians utilize a multi-modal approach to promote healing, with such technologies as the dry and water treadmills, saltwater hydrotherapy spa, and regenerative laser therapy in conjunction with physiotherapy and complementary medical techniques. The Soundness Center is equipped with with Horse Gym USA ® machines, which allow us to design a controlled exercise and rehabilitation program for each horse that comes through our facility. Continue reading

The Pre-Purchase Examination

 

Prior to the investment of purchasing or leasing a new horse, a complete pre-purchase examination is highly recommended. The format can be tailored to the individual needs of the client, but usually involves a thorough physical examination from head to tail. The horse is also observed for soundness, and digital radiographs are encouraged to establish a baseline of skeletal changes. Reproductive exams, ultrasound exams, and upper airway endoscopies are among the ancillary procedures also available.

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Down Horse Management

 

The cold weather can make life as horse owners challenging. Unfortunately, in the cold weather we tend to see and increased incidence of horses who have laid or fallen down, and are not able to get up on their own. Down horses are technically referred to as “recumbent”.

There are two basic categories of recumbency in horses. The first, and simplest, are horses that are systemically well, but are unable to get up normally based on environmental circumstance. This includes otherwise sound and healthy horses that lay down and are not able to get back up due to poor footing (ice, mud, etc), or positioning (cast against a wall, legs are uphill compared to back, etc.).  The second, and more challenging, are horses that are systemically unwell. The obvious horses in this category are those that are sick, dehydrated, colicky, etc., but horses with musculoskeletal problems, such as laminitis or arthritis are also included. It is important to remember that in the context of down horses, the musculoskeletal system can “fail” just like any other organ or body system.  Sometimes, this can be challenging to remember in cases of otherwise bright and happy horses that are down because they are very arthritic.

When faced with a down horse, the most important thing to do is remain safe, and call the veterinarian as soon as possible. One or two people alone are very unlikely to be able to meaningfully help a down horse (if it were that simple, they would be up on their own!), and are very likely to get hurt in the process. Calling the veterinarian in a timely matter is of the utmost importance. Horses do not tolerate prolonged recumbency well, and with time even the otherwise healthy recumbent horses may become dehydrated, aspirate and develop pneumonia, and accrue muscle and nerve damage, all of which make put them into the category of systemically unwell horses. While waiting for the veterinarian to arrive, try to clear the area around the horse from any hay bales, buckets, etc., and remove any other horses. When working around a down horse, you must remain calm and remember to always be within the “safe zone”, which is along the back of the horse from withers to tail. Down horses can become frantic, and it is important to remain out of the range of their heads and legs at all times.

The first thing a veterinarian will do is establish which of the above categories the down horse is in. Is the horse systemically well or unwell? If the horse is systemically unwell, what body systems are affected, and is there anything we can do to help? These questions are answered by our physical exam findings. Although limited due to safety concerns, we are able to get a lot of information from evaluating the horse’s attitude, ability to move each leg, heart and respiratory rates, mucous membranes, pulse and rectal temperature.

If the horse is systemically well, the next thing we do is develop a plan to help change the horse’s position while keeping everyone safe. If done correctly, this is actually fairly simple and safe to do. Typically, one of the first things we will do it try to flip the horse onto its other side. This will relieve any “pins and needles” they may be feeling from prolonged muscle and nerve compression. If this is not enough, there are several rescue maneuvers, such as forward drag and backward assist, which can be used to drag the horse to a more favorable location, either onto better footing, or away from fences, walls, hills, etc.

If the horse is systemically unwell, we first try to correct any fixable problems we have identified on physical exam. This often means placing an intravenous catheter, administering bute, banamine or steroids, and giving intravenous fluids. Unfortunately, the prognosis for horses that are down and systemically unwell is generally very poor; whatever disease caused them to go down and stay down in the first place will still be present, even if we temporarily get them standing. However, there are circumstances where rehydrating the horse and providing some pain relief can get them standing again, and then we can determine what their primary problem is, and if/how we can treat it and prevent them from going down again. In certain cases, a sling suspended from a sturdy beam can be used to lift and support a horse that we are unable to otherwise get up. The sling will support most of the horse’s weight and prevent them from going down again while we examine them and institute therapy. Typically, the sling is reserved for horses that we think will tolerate the device well, and that have problems that we believe to be fixable with some time and support. At B.W. Furlong and Associates we have one large hospital stall fitted for the sling system, and have successfully used the sling in the field under the appropriate circumstances.

 

Winter Woes: Keeping Your Horse Hydrated

Surely you’ve heard the expression, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink,” but we’re here to tell you some tips and tricks to do just that! Although it’s a no brainer that horses need to drink adequate water to remain hydrated in the heat of the summer, it’s also a key factor in their winter wellbeing. Horses wintering in the northeast are managed on a forage diet of dry hays as opposed to more moisture-rich grasses they feed upon in the warmer months. This increase in dry matter consumption also increases the need for water intake. Not only is adequate water consumption necessary for cellular functions, it plays a huge role in successful digestion in the horse. So, let’s keep those impaction colics away this winter with these helpful tips to keep your horse hydrated!

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Employment Opportunity: Hospital Technician Director (FT/P)

Employment Opportunity: Hospital Technician Director (FT/P)
Employer: Brendan W. Furlong, MVB, Equine Veterinarian, PA
Employment start date: January 23, 2016

B.W. Furlong & Associates is an equine veterinary practice headquartered in Oldwick, NJ. The practice employs 14 veterinarians that practice in the Northeast, as well as 3 that practice in Florida and Virginia under the name Peak Performance Equine Services. It is an extremely fast-paced and busy practice, serving and caring for some of the most prestigious clientele in the country. The main practice consists of a full service ambulatory division, as well as a 4 acre facility that houses a full service 12 stall hospital, stallion collection station, lab, and advanced imaging capabilities. It also has separate properties that include a standing MRI and a rehabilitation center.  Employees of the company are all expected to demonstrate the core beliefs.

Responsibilities

  • Manage hospital team of ~ 4 technicians and ~ 3 interns, and liaison with veterinarians and front office.
  • Management responsibilities include: treatment plans & medical records, daily personnel deployment, on-call scheduling, stall assignments, hospital inventory & equipment, training protocols, conflict resolution, and backup coverage.
  • Assist Dr. Furlong with in-hospital cases, including, but not limited to, joint injections, lameness exams, pre-purchase examinations, and imaging. This would include handling, lunging, and jogging horses, and also prepping joints, obtaining and downloading radiographs, etc.
  • Stock Dr. Furlong’s truck on a daily basis based on needs of schedule
  • Provide treatments for hospital cases, including, but not limited to, preparing and administering medications, performing physical exams, placing catheters, running fluids, and assisting with diagnostics.
  • Provide tech coverage for surgery (growth opportunity)
  • Care for patients, including, but not limited to, grooming, feeding, mucking out, cleaning feed & water buckets, and turning out
  • Assist in maintenance of hospital grounds
  • Additional responsibilities as needed
  • Time will be spent ~ 25% managing, 25% assisting Dr. Furlong, and 50% providing treatments in the hospital.


Qualifications

  • Minimum three years working in an equine hospital
  • An outstanding team attitude and work ethic
  • Post high-school education in equine medicine
  • Veterinary technician license (LVT) is preferred
  • Excellent horse-horse handling skills are mandatory, including handling of fractious horses, ability to jog horses in hand, and proficiency in lunging horses
  • Good time management and multitasking skills
  • Ability to manage and direct team in areas of responsibility
  • Technologically proficient
  • Excellent handling emergency situations
  • Quick-thinker, self-motivated, and a fast learner

Hours are Monday-Friday, approximately 8a-4:30p, with average one night on call each week (5p-8a). Weekly hours will be approximately 37.5 hours. Benefits include hourly salary commensurate with experience, 401K, profit sharing, Health Insurance, and discounted veterinary services and products.

Please submit your cover letter and resume via email to Adam Furlong, Project Manager, at hiring@bwfurlong.com

 

Employment Opportunity: Hospital Technician (FT/P)

Employment Opportunity: Hospital Technician
Employer: Brendan W. Furlong, Equine Veterinarian, PA
Employment start date: Feb 1, 2017

B.W. Furlong & Associates is an equine veterinary practice headquartered in Oldwick, NJ. The practice employs 14 veterinarians that practice in the Northeast, as well as 3 that practice in Florida and Virginia under the name Peak Performance Equine Services. It is an extremely fast-paced and busy practice, serving and caring for some of the most prestigious clientele in the country. The main practice consists of a full service ambulatory division, as well as a 4 acre facility that houses a full service 12 stall hospital, stallion collection station, lab, and advanced imaging capabilities. It also has separate properties that include a standing MRI and a rehabilitation center.  Employees of the company are all expected to demonstrate the core beliefs.

Responsibilities

  • Patients & Hospital
    • Provide treatments for hospital cases, including, but not limited to, preparing and administering medications, performing physical exams, placing catheters, running fluids, and assisting with diagnostics.
    • Setup & prepare all medications and treatments for overnight treatments
    • Setup & assist with out-patient  exams, including, but not limited to, joint injections, lameness exams, pre-purchase examinations, internal medicine cases, and diagnostic imaging. This would including handling, lunging, and jogging horses, and also prepping joints, shooting and downloading radiographs, etc.
    • Assist veterinarians with in-patient exams and procedures.
    • Care for patients, including, but not limited to, grooming, feeding, mucking out, cleaning feed & water buckets, and turning out
    • Assist with after-hours emergency admissions
    • Provide tech coverage for surgery (growth opportunity)
    • Record  treatments and observations in medical records
    • Clean isolation stall(s)
    • Disinfect & sweep aisleway
    • Assist in maintenance of hospital grounds
    • Additional responsibilities as needed
  • Lab & Equipment
    • Care for all imaging equipment, including downloading images, cleaning, charging, and organizing
    • Sterilize all instruments and equipment
    • Run in-house labs or prepare IDEXX samples to go out
    • Admit and prep all other samples
    • Additional responsibilities as needed

Qualifications

  • Minimum one year working as a technician in an equine hospital or two years working as an (ambulatory) equine veterinary assistant
  • An outstanding team attitude and work ethic
  • Excellent horse-horse handling skills are mandatory, including handling of fractious horses, ability to jog horses in hand, and proficiency in lunging horses
  • Post high-school education in equine studies  is preferred
  • Veterinary technician license (LVT) is preferred
  • Good time management and multitasking skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Capable of handling patient emergency situations
  • Capable of heavy lifting, including hay bales, feed bags, and muck buckets

Hours are rotational: shift 1 is Wednesday 3p-8p, Thurs-Sat 9a-8p. Shift 2 is Sun-Tues 9a-8p and Wednesday 9a-2p. Weekly hours will be approximately 35 hours. Approximately one night on call each week (5p-8a) is also required. Benefits include hourly salary commensurate with experience, 401K, profit sharing, Health Insurance, and discounted veterinary services and products.

Please submit your cover letter and resume via email to Adam Furlong, Project Manager, at hiring@bwfurlong.com

 

Employment Opportunity: Hospital Technician (PT) (FILLED)

Status: FILLED
Employment Opportunity:
Hospital Technician
Employer: Brendan W. Furlong, Equine Veterinarian, PA
Employment start date: January 7, Part-Time in Oldwick, NJ

BW Furlong & Associates is an equine veterinary practice headquartered in Oldwick, NJ. The practice employs 14 veterinarians that practice in the Northeast, as well as 3 that practice in Florida and Virginia under the name Peak Performance Equine Services. It is an extremely fast-paced and busy practice, serving and caring for some of the most prestigious clientele in the country. The main practice consists of a full service ambulatory division, as well as a 4 acre facility that houses a full service 12 stall hospital, stallion collection station, lab, and advanced imaging capabilities. It also has separate properties that include a standing MRI and a rehabilitation center. Employees of the practice are highly self-motivated, out-going, problem solvers, and always willing to do what is best for the patients.

Responsibilities

  • Provide treatment for hospital cases
  • Care for patients, including, but not limited to, grooming, feeding, mucking out, cleaning feed & water buckets, and turning out
  • Assist with emergency admissions
  • Tech for emergency surgery
  • Track care and treatment in medical records
  • Assist in maintenance of hospital grounds
  • Additional responsibilities as needed

Qualifications

  • Background in equine care, background of working in a hospital-atmosphere providing treatment is preferred
  • Exceptional horse handling skills
  • Good time management and multitasking skills
  • An outstanding work ethic and self-drive
  • Ability to work independently
  • Capable of handling patient emergency situations
  • Technologically proficient
  • Capable of heavy lifting, including hay bales, feed bags, and muck buckets

The position is for 2 weekends/month during the school year: Friday 3-8p, Saturday & Sunday 7:30-5p, and ~2 week nights/week for 4p-8p late shifts. Employee will be required to be on-call one night a week. Benefits include hourly pay commensurate with experience and discounted veterinary services and products.

Please submit your cover letter and resume via email to Adam Furlong, Project Manager, at hiring@bwfurlong.com

The 16th Annual Practitioner’s Seminar

B.W. Furlong & Associates is pleased to announce Steve Adair, III, MS, DVM, DACVS from the College of Veterinary Medicine at University of Tennessee, as this year’s guest speaker for our annual Practitioners Seminar! Join us on February 17th, 2017 at Beaver Brook Country Club in Annandale, NJ for three hours of RACE approved CE. Dr. Adair will discuss equine rehabilitation and Rachel Gardner, DVM, DACVIM will present interesting and relevant equine internal medicine cases. As always, thanks to our sponsors, dinner and drinks will be provided with your free registration. Register HERE, and see below for further details. We look forward to seeing you!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Beaver Brook Country Club (25 Country Club Drive, Annandale, NJ)

Registration & cocktails 4:30p

Lectures are from 5-9p

Register HERE

For questions, please contact Dr. Megan Hays

This program has been submitted (but not yet approved) for 3 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education.  Contact BW Furlong & Associates at 908-439-2821 for further information.

The 16th Annual Horse Health Seminar

16th Annual Horse Health Client Seminar

Saturday, February 18, 2017
8:30am-1pm
Beaver Brook Country Club
25 Country Club Drive
Annandale, NJ 08801

Register here!

 

Topics will include:

  • Leptospirosis
  • Colic
  • Embryo Transfer
  • Navicular Syndrome
  • The Recumbent Horse
  • “Ask the Vets”
We hope to see many of you there!

*Registration required*
Click here to register
Registration is $35 if completed by February 10, 2017, $45 after February 10th

Employment Opportunity: Lab/Office Technician (Florida) (FT/S)

Employment Opportunity: Laboratory/Office Technician, Wellington, Florida
Employer: B.W. Furlong & Associates
Employment start date: Jan 1, 2017
Employment type: Full time, seasonal

BW Furlong & Associates is an equine veterinary practice located in Oldwick, NJ. The practice employs 13 veterinarians that practice in the Northeast, as well as 3 that practice in Florida and Virginia. It is an extremely fast-paced and busy practice, serving and caring for some of the most prestigious clientele in the country. During the winter months, members of the practice transition to Wellington, FL to cover the Winter Equestrian Festival. Employees of the company are all expected to demonstrate the core beliefs.

Responsibilities

  • Run in-house blood work and share results with staff (Idexx)
  • Prepare sample blood work for outgoing labs
  • Share outgoing lab results with appropriate vet
  • Complete patient paperwork for Health Certs, Passports, and Coggins
  • Download & prepare images for viewing
  • Maintain accurate medical records
  • Monitor inventory levels and place orders
  • Receive inventory
  • Provide general office support (email, data entry, etc)
  • Any additional tasks as needed

 

Qualifications

  • Strong education & work background in equine medicine/health
  • Familiarity with ImproMed Triple Crown and/or Idexx is highly preferred
  • Exceptional time management, organization, and multitasking skills
  • Technologically advanced
  • An outstanding team attitude and work ethic
  • Quick-thinker, self-motivated, and a fast learner

This position offers hourly pay commensurate with experience, as well as discounted veterinary services and products. Work week will be 5 days a week, with occasional weekend work. Overtime is paid at 1.5x rate for time over 40 hours each week. The position will end approximately April 1, 2017. We are potentially able to provide a bedroom in a shared house for $600/month.

Please submit your cover letter and resume via email to Adam Furlong, Project Manager, at hiring@bwfurlong.com