Employment Opportunity: Weekend Hospital Assistant

Employment Opportunity: Hospital Assistant
Employer: Brendan W. Furlong, Equine Veterinarian, PA

B.W. Furlong & Associates is an equine veterinary practice headquartered in Oldwick, NJ. The practice employs 16 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, isolation barn, 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

  • Assist in treatment for hospital cases & care of patients, including holding, jogging, hand-walking, grooming, feeding, mucking out, cleaning feed & water buckets, prepping for procedures, and providing treatments
  • Assist with emergency admissions
  • Process lab work and equipment requests
  • 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 providing medical care strongly preferred
  • Exceptional horse handling skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Good time management and multitasking skills
  • An outstanding work ethic and self-drive
  • Technologically proficient
  • Capable of handling patient emergency situations
  • Capable of heavy lifting, including hay bales, feed bags, and muck buckets

The position is scheduled for work Saturday and Sunday from 7a-5p with a 1 hour lunch break. Additional shifts may be available during the work week. Compensation is $10-12/hr based on experience and employee also receives discounted veterinary services and products.

Please submit your cover letter and resume via email to Adam Furlong, Vice-President, at hiring@bwfurlong.com

Update to our Accounts Receivable Policy

We have always found that transparency is best in order to maintain meaningful relationships with our clients. As such, we wish to provide an update with regards to how we handle outstanding balances beyond 60 days. While we have the expectation that all accounts are kept current, we understand there can be extenuating circumstances that result in balances accumulating. For clients that carry balances beyond 60 days, our office will make a final attempt to reach you within the first two weeks of the month and resolve the outstanding balance. If the balance is resolved, no further action will be taken.

If we cannot resolve the balance at that time, your information will be shared with Tek Collect, a company that we have partnered with to help resolve outstanding debts. Initially, they will simply be assisting us in reaching out to clients via phone and letter to bring the balance to a resolution. Should they be unable to do so, your account will be directed to the next phase of collections, whereby your information will be reported to the credit bureaus and additional actions will be taken. Our expectation is that by increasing our frequency of communication, we can minimize the likelihood of this occurring.

Payments can be made on our website (here for B.W. Furlong clients, here for Peak Performance clients) at any point, and we always welcome our clients to confirm their account balance with your veterinarian or with the front office. If you’d like to put your credit card on file with our office, you can submit this form to the office.

As always, we appreciate your business and look forward to continuing to be an integral part of your equine dreams and ambitions.

Employment Opportunity: MRI Assistant

Employment Opportunity: Equine MRI of NJ Assistant
Employer: B.W. Furlong & Associates
Employment start date: Immediate
Employment type: On-Call/As needed (hours vary based on the season)

B.W. Furlong & Associates is an equine veterinary practice headquartered in Oldwick, NJ. The practice employs 15 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, isolation barn, 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.

B.W. Furlong & Associates is looking for an individual that is available for daily availability at Equine MRI of NJ, assisting with handling and preparing horses. This job is ideal for high school or college-age students looking to gain further experience in the equine veterinary industry. The position will be every weekday as needed, with weekly hours ranging in the summer & fall between 25 and 35 hours, between the hours of 7:30am and 5:30pm. Winter & spring hours will on the lower side.  Candidates must have comfort and a demonstrated history of handling & jogging horses of all types, and be able to stand for several hours next to the horse. Candidate must also be able to demonstrate common sense and be quick thinking in an occasional emergency situation. The ideal candidate will have experience handling (walking, maneuvering) sedated horses.

Compensation is $10-12/hr based on experience and employee also receives discounted veterinary services and products.

Please submit your cover letter and resume via email to Adam Furlong, Vice-President, at hiring@bwfurlong.com

Employment Opportunity: Emergency Associate Veternarian (FILLED)

STATUS: FILLED
Employment Opportunity:
Emergency Associate Veterinarian
Employer: Brendan W. Furlong, MVB, Equine Veterinarian, PA
Employment start date: July 1, 2018
Employment Status: Permanent

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 14 stall hospital, surgery suite, lab, and advanced imaging capabilities. It also has separate properties that include an elective surgery center, a standing MRI, and a rehabilitation center. 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 and Qualifications

B.W. Furlong & Associates is looking to fill an associate role with a specific focus on providing emergency coverage for the practice. The associate will take add-on and emergency appointments throughout the afternoon and into the evening. Caseload will be varied, from coggins and health certificates to lameness evaluations, wound management, and colic workups. This will primarily be an ambulatory role, and the associate will work alongside the entire ambulatory team, as well as internal medicine specialist and surgeon, to provide appropriate care for each case.

The practice is looking for a self-motivated individual who has completed an internship or been in practice for 1-2 years while covering a similar caseload. This position is ideal for a veterinarian looking to gain further experience in a general practice role while having the opportunity to learn from a close-knit team that provides specialization in a number of different fields. The ideal candidate must have exceptional interpersonal and organizational skills, a positive attitude, and a commitment to providing world class care for our patients. The candidate should be proficient in basic diagnostic workup of lameness or illness, radiography, and traditional emergency services. Candidate will be required to obtain a New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania license.

Benefits & Application

Benefits include competitive salary commensurate with experience, bonuses for emergency services, 401K/profit sharing, health insurance, and discounted veterinary services and products. A stocked ambulatory vehicle (with vet box) and cell phone are both provided. Please submit resume and cover letter via email to Adam Furlong, Vice-President, at hiring@bwfurlong.com.

Employment Opportunity: Human Resources & Administration Manager

Employment Opportunity: Human Resources & Administrative Manager
Employer: Brendan W. Furlong, Equine Veterinarian, PA
Employment start date: September 1, 2018

B.W. Furlong & Associates is an equine veterinary practice headquartered in Oldwick, NJ. The practice employs 15 veterinarians that practice in the Northeast, as well as 3 that practice in Florida and Virginia under the name Peak Performance Equine Services. The businesses staff between 20-30 employees that work in roles to support the veterinarians. 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, isolation barn, 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.

JOB DESCRIPTION SUMMARY: The Human Resources & Administrative Manager is responsible for overall human resources strategy & risk management strategy and implementation of structure, processes and practices necessary to continually elevate talent and minimized exposed risk. He/she directs and structures the human resource functions to support the company’s culture, while complying with municipal, state and federal regulations.

Responsibilities
Human Resources

  • Engage extensively in hiring & onboarding process, including understanding growth strategy, creating job descriptions that are accurate in responsibilities, qualifications, and compensation, recruiting and identifying quality candidates, and negotiating job offers
  • Process payroll on bi-weekly basis, including generating additional compensation reports and interpreting the data
  • Help all employees grow and develop by leading the employee review process, which includes soliciting feedback from peers, interpreting the feedback and identifying themes, and then developing SMART goals to encourage, monitor, and drive personal growth
  • Review and monitor employment contracts to ensure compliance and consistency in updates
  • Monitor benefits enrollment and status while also evaluating alternative options to improve total compensation value for employees
  • Ensure compliance by the company with respect to all local and federal employment regulations, update handbook to reflect compliance as well as company preferences, and effectively communicate changes and expectations to all employees
  • Ensure security of all private data files while also maintaining accurate records
  • File annual reports and audits in compliance with human resource law
  • Provide guidance and support to team leaders in conflict resolution and/or lead discussions with employees when necessary to adjust actions or behavior
  • Any and all additional actions and steps consistent with maintaining a dynamic workforce

Administrative

  • Take ownership of all insurance policies, including negotiations, implementation, upkeep and management
  • Ensure ongoing compliance and understanding of all policies across all practices and locations
  • Stay up to date on and enforce accident and safety compliance protocols and policies, including familiarity with veterinary medical protocols
  • Identify high risk areas and be capable of managing it within a compliance discipline
  • Any and all additional actions and steps consistent with mitigating risk

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree required in Business Administration, Human Resources or related field required
  • 7-10 years experience in Human Resources with demonstrated leadership abilities, preferably in a veterinary/medicine setting
  • In-depth knowledge of labor and employment laws pertaining to all aspects of Human Resources Administration
  • Requires an exceptional level of interpersonal skills, sensitivity, tact and diplomacy
  • Experience working with employees at multiple sites
  • Confident working in fast-paced environment while maintaining high levels quality control
  • Ability to connect the people strategy with the business strategy
  • Experience with Benefits Administration
  • Integrates divergent points of view from multiple stakeholders to arrive at best solution for the business
  • Track record of identifying opportunities for HR to deliver value-added services and programs to enhance business results
  • Exemplifies integrity, respect, and adherence to company values while delivering results
  • Establishes high standards of behavior for self and others and builds others’ confidence and trust in skills and abilities
  • Excellent communication skills: written, in person, and by phone

Benefits & Application

Benefits include competitive salary commensurate with experience, 401K/profit sharing, health insurance, and discounted veterinary services and products. Please submit resume and cover letter via email to Adam Furlong, Vice-President, at hiring@bwfurlong.com

Employment Opportunity: Administrative Assistant (FT/S) (FILLED)

STATUS: FILLED
Employment Opportunity:
Administrative Assistant
Employer: Brendan W. Furlong, MVB, Equine Veterinarian, PA
Employment start date: June 1, 2018, in Oldwick, NJ
Employment Status: Full time, seasonal through ~ Sept 1

B.W. Furlong & Associates is an equine veterinary practice headquartered in Oldwick, NJ. The practice employs 15 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, isolation barn, 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 & Expectations

The administrative assistant will provide support to Services (Lab & Pharmacy) and Client Relations departments on a daily basis. General support will include mailing, scanning, filing, and copying documents, and ongoing maintenance of digital and hard copy files. Time spent supporting the lab will primarily consist of submitting Health Certs, Coggins, and Vaccine records to clients, as well as data entry in client management software. Support for client relations will involve updating medical records, including pre-purchase forms, images, etc. Additional support will include assisting with end of month process.

Qualifications

The candidate will be able to work very effectively on computers, and ideally be familiar with Google Business Suite (Google Docs, Google Sheets) and/or ImproMed Equine. Candidate will have outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, both via tele-communication (email, chat, phone) and in-person. The candidate will have good time management and multi-tasking skills, and be energized by working in a fast-paced, team focused environment. Candidate should be able to work independently with minimal supervision and be a very quick learner. Experience with horses or working in a animal hospital setting is preferred but not required.

Hours are Monday-Friday, 9a-4p. Competitive hourly compensation is offered for this role.

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

Spotlight Series: Dr. Brendan Furlong

The final week is here! We’ve enjoyed getting to share some behind the scenes images and thoughts from our vets, and we hope you all have enjoyed the trips down memory lane and the sneak peaks from our vets. This week’s interview is the last of the series, so be sure to follow along on facebook for the rest of the week to see all of remaining posts!

Dr. Furlong

Up this week is Brendan Furlong, MVB, MRCVS, otherwise known as The Boss. Dr. Furlong came over to America in 1977 and has been here ever since. He started the practice in 1980 and at the time it was him, his wife Dr. Leich, and one technician. It has since grown a bit…

Q: Tell me about your first meaningful memory with an animal.
A: Oats! Oats was the first foal I ever bought as a child and because he was mine I used to sneak him extra handfuls of oats to make him grow into a big show jumper. When my father found out he gave him the name Oats.

Q: Do you remember a specific moment when you decided you wanted to be an equine vet?
A: It was when this great old famous Irish horse vet, Barty Hickey, came to our farm to do a pre-purchase exam and I was sent to help him. I was fascinated by him: his clothes, his car, I wanted to be just like him – to this day, I can still smell the inside of his car. This was before ophthalmoscopes and I remember he used a lit candle to look at the horse’s eyes. He said “if you could see the reflection of the candle in the back of the horse’s eyes, they were good”. He wasn’t wrong!

Q: What colleges/universities did you attend? When someone asks “where did you go to school?” what do you tell them?
A: University College of Dublin Veterinary School. The education system is different in Ireland than it is here in the U.S., so I went basically directly from high school to veterinary school.

Q: What do you do for fun, outside of work and spend time with your animals?
A: Farm! Wendy I own & rent about 260 acres that we use for pasture and hay production. I really enjoy the process of making hay. We grow about 30 acres of hay, and that produces about 5,000 bales per year, which is enough for our farm and the Rehab Center.

Q: If you weren’t a vet, what would you do for a living?
A: I would be a farmer.

Q: What’s a good book you’ve recently read and enjoyed?
A: Thomas Jefferson and The Tripoli Pirates – America’s Forgotten War. It’s about the beginning of the American Navy, when American ships were being harassed by pirates after the American War of Independence.

Q: What is the hardest thing you’ve ever accomplished?
A: Building a successful equine practice – there’s nothing easy about that! Probably the hardest thing is that the work is never done – it constantly needs to be cared for and monitored to make sure that it continues to be successful, and that means constantly evolving with science and technology.

Q: Favorite place you’ve ever traveled to?
A: Australia

Q: Dream vacation?
A: Horseback riding safari in Botswana. My family and I are planning a trip for the summer of 2019!

Q: Favorite food?
A: Any naturally produced foods from the farm I would consider my favorite. I suppose the Irish in me would pick the potatoes we grow!

Q: Favorite adult beverage?
A: I enjoy a nice New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

Q: Favorite sports team?
A: Ireland’s National Rugby team.

Q: Something most people don’t know about me…
A: That I am a practicing Catholic.

Q: I am obsessed with…
A: Making really good hay!

Q: What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?
A: I enjoy birding – Liz [Odyniec] and I often look at my book about birds native to south Florida while in Wellington.

Q: What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?
A: That horses need “maintenance”. 

Spotlight Series: Dr. Rachel Gardner

Over the first 18 weeks of the new year, we will be conducting one on one interviews with each of our veterinarians in an effort to help you get to know all of them better! In addition to the interview, they will be posting pictures on our facebook account during their week to share some behind the scenes images of their day to day. We hope you enjoy following along!

Dr. Rachel Gardner & Stella

Up this week is Rachel Gardner, DVM, DACVIM. Dr. Gardner has been with the practice since 2005, and has consistently grown the hospital in the diversity & variety of caseload. She can often be found treating sick patients, teaching interns, and explaining to clients what she is seeing – all at the same time! In addition to all of the other things she does in her limited spare time (keep reading!), she also serves on the Executive Board of the New Jersey Association of Equine Practitioners and has previously served on the NJ Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. Her recent work has been published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, the Journal of Veterinary Medical Association, and the Australian Veterinary Journal.

Q: Do you remember a specific moment when you decided you wanted to be an equine vet?
A: I don’t remember a specific moment when I decided I wanted to be an equine vet, rather, I don’t really remember ever NOT wanting to be an equine vet! The only other career path I ever considered was, during a short stint, when I really wanted to be the ice cream man…

Q: What colleges/universities did you attend? When someone asks “where did you go to school?” what do you tell them?
A: Well the only real answer I have to this question is “Go Big Red!!” Although the source of my education may not be diverse, it is at least consistent! I spent my undergraduate years at Cornell University, which was an amazing time in my life. I met so many brilliant, fun, talented and kind people there, and fell in love with the university and the community. I wasn’t ready to leave, so my undergraduate years were followed up by spending another four years at Cornell University earning my veterinary degree. I then did a wonderful one year internship at Blue Ridge Equine Clinic near Charlottesville, VA before returning to Cornell for a three year residency to specialize in Large Animal Internal Medicine. After spending eleven amazing years there, meeting my husband, Jason, and getting married there, part of my heart remains in Ithaca, NY!

Q: Tell me about the animals you own now.
A: How much time do you have?? I would have to start with Stella, the world’s most wonderful pit bull terrier. At the age of 9, she has trained for 9 marathons with me (10 if I make it through next weekend!) and shows no sign of slowing down. Her other job is accompanying me to work on a daily basis and protecting (i.e. sleeping) in the truck. We also have an adorable 3 year old cat, Alonso, who came into Jason’s hospital as a very sick and emaciated rescue. He treated him and sent me a picture of him, and we immediately knew we needed to adopt him. He is named after our favorite Formula One driver, Fernando Alonso. Stetson is my imported (ok, just kidding… he’s imported from Illinois) perfectly adorable 5 yr old QH. We do a little bit of everything but hope someday we will be competent enough to do some low level eventing. We also have two retired old ladies who live at home with us, Bunny (28 years), and Solita (30 years), who were Cornell Polo Ponies and came to New Jersey from Ithaca when we moved here 13 years ago. I first played polo on Bunny 23 years ago! A couple of orange, previously feral cats, Bert and Bubba, adopted us over the years while living outside with Bunny and Solita. Last but not least, we have a bunch of chickens! We have seven adults of varying ages, and just got six new chicks!

Q: What do you do for fun, outside of work and spend time with your animals?
A: I am an expert at making the most of my free time. I have fallen in love with distance running, and much of the time I am in training for a marathon. I typically run 6 days a week- before work and on the weekends. I also try to ride Stetson at least 5 days a week, and when I’m not doing either of those things, I also love spending time working hard on our tiny little farm, doing yard work, fixing things up, and being outside. My version of a great day is when I feel that I have been busy, useful and have exhausted myself!   

Q: If you weren’t a vet, what would you do for a living?
A: Although I love being a veterinarian, one of the things I have grown to love most about the work I do is feeling connected with my clients, helping and supporting them in their time of need, and using my medical knowledge to work through the concerns or problems with their horses.  Given my love of helping and communicating with my clients during difficult times with their horses, and my passion for science and medicine, I think if I weren’t a veterinarian I would have become a human oncologist.

Q: Favorite place you’ve ever traveled to?
A: I was very fortunate to spend a few months in Nairobi, Kenya during my first summer of veterinary school. I spent three months volunteering for the Kenya SPCA, with most time being spent evaluating donkeys and teaching villagers best practices for donkey care and harnessing.  I also did numerous safaris on a shoestring budget, met so many wonderful, adventuresome people and observed the most unbelievable wildlife. I could have done without the food poisoning and near death illness, though.

Q: Dream vacation?
A: Nothing fancy. I dream of taking two months to rent an RV, travel across our magnificent country with Jason and Stella, camp under the stars, and hike as many national parks as we can fit in!

Q: Favorite food?
A: Picking a single favorite food is not easy for me, as I see food as one of the greatest things in life and I am an expert at eating. I do, however, have a soft spot for Jason’s homemade pizza and Berger Cookies (anyone from Maryland??)

Q: Favorite adult beverage?
A: I have diverse interests in this department, but I am a true lover of red wine. Jason and I have traveled to Napa and Sonoma with our close friends a few times. Seeing the land, meeting the farmers and winemakers, and learning about the process has made me appreciate what goes into a great bottle of wine. My dad, a little bit of a wine connoisseur, always told me that it didn’t matter the price tag or the type of wine, a good wine is the one you like. I appreciate that very much…unfortunately I like the expensive ones!   

Q: What are you currently watching on Netflix?
A: What’s Netflix? Just kidding, but I can’t stay awake long enough to watch anything!

Q: Something most people don’t know about me…
A: I’m sure some people know this, but I played polo for Cornell University when I was in college. I loved the idea of a fast, aggressive, true team sport with horses.  

 

Spotlight Series: Dr. Misty Gray

Over the first 18 weeks of the new year, we will be conducting one on one interviews with each of our veterinarians in an effort to help you get to know all of them better! In addition to the interview, they will be posting pictures on our facebook account during their week to share some behind the scenes images of their day to day. We hope you enjoy following along!

Up this week is Misty Gray, DVM. Dr. Gray completed her internship with our practice in 2008 and stayed on as an associate. Her interests lie with reproduction, acupuncture, and chiropractic. Dr. Gray has two adorable sons Jesse and Tyler, who will make an appearance this week!

Q: Tell me about your first meaningful memory with an animal.
A: I grew up in a very small community in North Louisiana where family and friends were incredibly important. I have so many fond memories of my childhood and animals are intertwined in almost all of those memories. Probably my first meaningful memory of animal love comes from my Great Uncle Fred. I was the first grandchild and appropriately spoiled. Every year for Easter, Uncle Fred would bring me either a duckling or a baby bunny. My parents were good sports about it. My ducklings were always named “Peep Peep” and they would follow me around the house and the yard. I would even sneak them into my bedroom at night. The bunnies always had bakery themed names… Muffin, Cupcake, etc.  

Q: Do you remember a specific moment when you decided you wanted to be an equine vet?
A: I went to vet school planning to practice small animal medicine despite being a lifelong horse lover. I thought that small animal medicine would give me a better income and quality of life so that I could enjoy being a horse owner more. At the last minute when deciding my clinical track, I checked the “Equine focus” box and decided to switch paths. I’ve never regretted my choice.  

Q: What colleges/universities did you attend? When someone asks “where did you go to school?” what do you tell them?
A: I have always been very goal oriented and focused. I knew that I wanted to go to veterinary school and that in state tuition would be hugely beneficial so I was LSU bound from the get go. I chose to go there for undergrad as well as vet school so I’m an LSU Tiger through and through.  

Q: Tell me about the animals you own now.
A: We currently have a rescue pup named Penny that came from the streets of Puerto Rico.  She is a sweetheart but has an independent streak. Unfortunately, she hates car rides so she won’t be accompanying me on farm calls like my previous companion, Abby, did. We also have two cats, Casper and Linus. Casper will eat anything. He has stolen an entire slice of pizza off of my plate, a chicken breast off the kitchen counter, and dragged a giant bag of potato chips under my bed. Linus was adopted as an adult and struggles with anxiety. All of our pets are very snuggly.

Q: What do you do for fun, outside of work and spend time with your animals?
A: I have two little boys, Jesse, age 3.5 yrs, and Tyler, 9 months, and almost every spare second I have is spent enjoying them. I’m a homebody at heart, I’m at my happiest when I have no agenda or demands and can just spend the day at my house with my little family. We spend a lot of time out in our backyard playing with the kids, listening to good music, and messing around in the various flower beds.  

Q: If you weren’t a vet, what would you do for a living?
A: I know this sounds lame… but I would love to work in a library. I am an obsessive reader and I love the quiet, organized peace of a library. When I was a child, my mom was an elementary school teacher and I would go help re-shelve books with Mrs. Eason, the school librarian, after school while my mom finished up grading papers and working on lesson plans. It made me feel very important and really engrained a love of reading and books in me.  

Q: What’s a good book you’ve recently read and enjoyed?
A: I’m a book junkie and have almost no standards for what I consider to be a “good” book. If it’s a good story and can transport me to a different time… I love it. I especially enjoy period romances but the most recent book that really got to me was The Glass Castle.

Q: What is the hardest thing you’ve ever accomplished?
A: 1) Getting accepted into vet school. 2) Graduating from vet school. 3) Unmedicated childbirth. 4) Being a working mom… in no particular order  🙂

Q: Favorite place you’ve ever traveled to?
A: My husband and I visited Peru following his graduation from law school. It was absolutely magical. We spent a few days in Cusco and visited Machu Picchu… it’s a must see, in my opinion. We then spent a few days in an eco lodge in the rainforest and ended the trip in Lima. The people were so kind and the history was truly awe inspiring. I would go back in a heartbeat.  

Q: Favorite food?
A: Louisiana Boiled Crawfish. It’s the food I miss most and it just can’t be replicated up here. It’s more than just the food itself, it’s the whole experience – a big table, covered in newspaper, with family and friends crowded around as a big pot of hot crawfish and corn and potatoes gets spread around and everyone digs in. A real Louisiana Saturday night.  

Q: Something most people don’t know about me…
A: I entered vet school after only two years of undergrad so I don’t have an undergraduate degree. My only degree is my DVM. I also have a great memory for music lyrics. I can sing most 90s R&B and pop songs, classic country songs, and a whole host of Disney songs. I can’t sing them well… but I can sing them.    

Q: I am obsessed with…
A: Getting a full night’s sleep, but I haven’t had one in at least 3.5 years so the dream lives on.  The immediate future doesn’t look promising either.

Q: If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it — metaphorically speaking, getting a message out to millions or billions — what would it say and why? It could be a few words or a paragraph. (If helpful, it can be someone else’s quote: Are there any quotes you think of often or live your life by?)
A: Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.  ~Thomas Edison

Q: What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?
A: I like to “eat” chocolate milk with a spoon. Something about the metal makes it taste better?  It always gets an eye roll from my husband.

Spotlight Series: Dr. Megan Hays

Over the first 18 weeks of the new year, we will be conducting one on one interviews with each of our veterinarians in an effort to help you get to know all of them better! In addition to the interview, they will be posting pictures on our facebook account during their week to share some behind the scenes images of their day to day. We hope you enjoy following along!

Up this week is Megan Hays, VMD. Dr. Hays completed her internship with our practice in 2014. After finishing her internship, Dr. Hays was offered a position as an associate. Since then she has taken an emergency call or two and has started specializing in dentistry.

Q: Tell me about your first meaningful memory with an animal.
A: I grew up in an animal loving family, it’s in my genes! We had dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, a horse, and even a pet squirrel for a period of time! I enjoyed caring for them and tagging along to their vet appointments. My first meaningful memory with an animal in a medical sense would have to be when my third grade teacher brought her three-legged German Shepherd named Tripod into school for show-and-tell. I just thought it was so cool that a dog could live a normal, happy life with three legs!

Q: Do you remember a specific moment when you decided you wanted to be an equine vet?
A: I can be a pretty stubborn person. For a very long time, I was mentally committed to going to medical school. I’d completed summer internships at human hospitals in college, shadowed human physicians, and aligned my educational courses with sights set on med school. I also had a lot of experience with equine veterinarians just by growing up horse crazy, owning my own horse, and working at several barns. To help pay for my horse’s life of luxury while I was in college, I worked weekends at a small animal veterinary hospital in my hometown. For as long as I can remember, my parents told me I’d be a great veterinarian. They even bought me books about how to work in the equine industry when I was in middle school. I always said, “Nope, I’m going to med school.” Even the owner of the small animal hospital encouraged me to go to veterinary school. “No, no, no.” Midway through college, when it came time to sign up for the MCAT (med school admissions test), I had my own light bulb moment. Medicine is medicine, I can practice that on any species. The real question was, who did I want to be practicing medicine on in the middle of the night when I’m tired and the emergency services calls? Horses – duh. So, I applied to vet school instead and the rest is history! (Side note: Like this post if I’ve come out to see your horse in the middle of the night!)

Q: What colleges/universities did you attend? When someone asks “where did you go to school?” what do you tell them?
A: I majored in biochemistry and molecular biology at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA and went on to study veterinary medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.

Q: Tell me about the animals you own now.
A: I have two Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, Maddie (11, pictured) and Laide (6), who live with my Dad in Pennsylvania. They’re the best dogs you could ever ask for! ❤️

Q: If you weren’t a vet, what would you do for a living?
A: I just purchased my first home last year and have absolutely loved decorating my condo (with the help of lots of HGTV), so I think if I had to choose something it would be an interior designer.

Q: Favorite place you’ve ever traveled to?
A: My family has a timeshare on 7 Mile Beach in Grand Cayman, so that is hands down my favorite vacation spot. I have so many great memories from my time spent there, but swimming in the bioluminescent bay and taking horses swimming in the Caribbean are probably at the top of the list!

Q: Dream vacation?
A: I’m always adding to my travel list, but my top three would have to be an African safari, Switzerland, and Iceland. I just came back from Disney World with my nieces and nephew!