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.

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!

Spotlight Series: Dr. Shannon Wilson

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 Shannon Wilson, VMD. Dr. Wilson is currently completing her internship with our practice! She is interested in all aspects of sports medicine, including lameness, upper airway abnormalities and cardiology.

Q: What colleges/universities did you attend? When someone asks “where did you go to school?” what do you tell them?
A: I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from the University of Connecticut. I then attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine where I received my VMD.  

Q: Tell me about the animals you own now.
A: I adopted my German Shepherd, Daisy, during my first year of vet school. She currently lives with my family in Connecticut while I complete my internship. My family also has a Japanese Chin named Sparky, a shepherd mix named Harley, and a Pomsky named Dexter.  

Q: If you weren’t a vet, what would you do for a living?
A: I’m not sure exactly what I would do if I weren’t a vet, but it would definitely still have something to do with horses. I could never do any job that would require me to be inside all of the time.  

Q: Favorite place you’ve ever traveled to?
A: I recently attended a veterinary conference in Maui, Hawaii. It was hands down the most beautiful place I have ever been. I would highly recommend it to anyone considering traveling to a tropical destination.

Q: Dream vacation?
A: Ever since I was little I have wanted to visit Italy. It is definitely on my bucket list.  I also have Australia pretty high on that list!

Q: Favorite food?
A: Definitely pizza! I could probably eat it every day.  

Q: Favorite sports team?
A: I am a proud UConn Huskies fan! It generally makes for some exciting games, especially this time of the year.  My favorite professional sports team is the New England Patriots (probably not making a lot of friends in this area with that answer, but it’s the truth).

Q: I am obsessed with…
A: Grey’s Anatomy! I have been a loyal fan from the beginning and will be until the end.

Q: What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?
A: I actually love cold weather! I know it sounds crazy, but I grew up in northern Connecticut so I am very used to it and I’m happiest when its colder out. I could survive without snow though.

 

Spotlight Series: Dr. Rachelle Thompson

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 Rachelle Thompson, DVM. Dr. Thompson is currently with our practice completing her internship. She enjoys all aspects of equine medicine, especially lameness and internal medicine.  In her spare time, she enjoys riding, hiking, and spending time with her family.

Q: What colleges/universities did you attend? When someone asks “where did you go to school?” what do you tell them?
A: I attended Marshall University for my undergraduate studies.  There I received a Bachelor of Sciences in Biology. I received my veterinary education at the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.  This veterinary school is supported by both Virginia Tech and the University of Maryland. I attended classes at Virginia Tech and lived in Blacksburg, so I consider myself a proud alumnus of VT.

Q: Tell me about the animals you own now.
A: I have a Beagle mix named Lennie who is such a sweet boy.  His Beagle nose and independent nature are always getting him into trouble.  I have a Quaker parrot named Jabber who will turn 15 years old this year! I’ve had him since he was young.  I’ve taught him a fairly large vocabulary and discovered he has quite the sense of humor over the years. He’s a very cool pet and a good companion.  Lastly, I have a horse named Willie who I consider my heart horse. I will post more about him later this week! I was unable to bring him to New Jersey for my internship, and not seeing his cute face every day has been a challenge for sure.

Q: What do you do for fun, outside of work and spend time with your animals?
A: When I get a weekend off, I like to visit my family.  They live in my hometown of Huntington, WV, which is an 8 hour trip in the car from New Jersey.  We usually find a fun place to meet in the middle for the weekend. We found fun things to do in northern Virginia, Hershey, PA, Maryland, and New York.  

Q: If you weren’t a vet, what would you do for a living?
A: I can’t think of another job I would be happy doing aside from veterinary medicine.  From the time I was a child in elementary school, I have said I want to be a vet. If I wasn’t a vet, I would be working with animals in some other capacity, as I feel that is my calling in life.    

Q: Favorite place you’ve ever traveled to?
A: Probably my trip to Costa Rica where I took surfing lessons!  I was terrible at it, but I have some great memories from that trip.  

Q: Dream vacation?
A: I have never been to Europe.  I would love to take a trip covering a few countries there.  Australia is also on my bucket list!

Q: Favorite food?
A: Pasta and pizza are two of my favorite things.  I guess if I had to pick one favorite food, it would be spinach ravioli.  

Q: Something most people don’t know about me…
A: I used to be a ballerina!  I started ballet classes when I was 3 years old and continued for about 18 years.  

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.
A: Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

Q: What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life in the last six months (or in recent memory)?
A: My fleece lined jeans have changed my life!

 

Spotlight Series: Dr. Ellen Levitian

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 Ellen Levitian, DVM. Dr. Levitian interests include emergency medicine, gastroenterology, neonatology, and ophthalmology. She is recently engaged and has been enjoying planning her 2019 wedding!

Q: Tell me about your first meaningful memory with an animal.
A: Back in Russia there was a neighborhood goat that I used to play with that would always chase me and head butt me! I loved playing with him anyways.

Q: What colleges/universities did you attend? When someone asks “where did you go to school?” what do you tell them?
A: I did my undergraduate studies at Rutgers University “Cook College” where I received my bachelor’s degree in Animal Science/Pre-vet and a minor in Equine Science. My vet school experience took place on the magical island of St. Kitts with my 4th year spent at North Carolina State.

Q: Tell me about the animals you own now.
A: Currently I have a Quarter Horse mare named Franzia aka “Franny”, a black lab named “Bear” and a cat named “Morgan Mufasa”.

Q: What do you do for fun, outside of work and spend time with your animals?
A: Wedding planning has taken over a lot of free time. I am so excited to plan with my fiance, Robert Kilborne, as we start this new chapter of our lives together.

Q: If you weren’t a vet, what would you do for a living?
A: I have literally no idea. I have wanted to be a vet since I was a child and have never thought of any other options!

Q: Favorite place you’ve ever traveled to?
A: Anything with a nice beach 🙂 Cayman Islands and Bahamas probably make top of the list!

Q: Dream vacation?
A: I would love to travel and explore Europe since I have never been!

Q: Favorite food?
A: Sushi and seafood

Q: Favorite adult beverage?
A: Vodka, although thanks to my fiance, Robert Kilborne, I enjoy trying different craft beers.

Q: What are you currently watching on Netflix?
A: Alias Grace and Riverdale.

Q: Something most people don’t know about me…
A: I was born in Russia and moved to the USA with my immediate family when I was 5 years old. I knew absolutely no English so it was a difficult journey for a while until I got the hang of it.

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?
A: Live like you were dying.

Q: What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?
A: I love reading Vampire books and watching vampire shows and movies. Don’t judge haha.

Q: What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?
A: Anything and everything that starts with “Well I read on the internet…”

Spotlight Series: Dr. Gillian Duca Cora

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 Gillian Duca Cora, DVM. Dr. Duca Cora is currently with our practice completing her internship. While she loves all aspects of equine veterinary medicine, her main interests are sports medicine, rehabilitation, podiatry, complex dentistry and integrative medicine. In her free time she enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors whenever possible.

Q: What colleges/universities did you attend? When someone asks “where did you go to school?” what do you tell them?
A: I received my BS as a Biology major and Equine Studies minor at Bridgewater College, a small liberal arts college in Virginia. I earned my doctorate from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts and finished my clinical year at Oklahoma State University. While Caribbean schools sometime get a bad name in the press, I chose to go there over several state schools and have never regretted my decision to do so. Having the beach as your front yard and the culture you get to immerse yourself in, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you never forget.

Q: Do you remember a specific moment when you decided you wanted to be an equine vet?
A: I actually switched very late in my schooling to the equine track of veterinary medicine.  My original plan was to go into small animal medicine, which would then give me the time and money to continue riding horses. In my final year of school rotating through clinics, I realized that my love for working with these amazing animals was too great to not have this be my everyday life. I still love dogs and cats of course, but spending all day under fluorescent lighting and indoors was not a life I could imagine. My only regret is not having a horse to ride at the moment!

Q: Something most people don’t know about me…
A: I had to take almost two years off in the middle of vet school after sustaining a traumatic brain injury following a car accident while I was on winter holiday.

Q: What is the hardest thing you’ve ever accomplished?
A: Re-entering vet school after being off for two years and starting where I left off was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. I had to essentially relearn my first four semesters while learning the information from the current semester. I still deal with many of the residual effects of a traumatic brain injury but am lucky to have a great support system both at home and at work.  

Q: Tell me about the animals you own now.
A: I currently have an 8 year old puggle, Jude, who has been through everything with me, including living with me in the Caribbean. I also have two cats: Lafayette, a 7 year old who I rescued while at vet school on St Kitts and Zoe, a 16 year old I got for one of my birthdays in high school.

Q: What’s a good book you’ve recently read and enjoyed?
A: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. It is well written and a fun read (it’s also due to become a major motion picture soon). It takes place in a future dystopian America where people spend more time in a virtual reality universe than in the present due to a number of factors that have made the “real world” less than appealing to live in.

Q: I am obsessed with…
A: Taylor Swift (no joke). I don’t even like country music in general but have loved everything she’s put out from the beginning of her career until now. No apologies 🙂

Q: Favorite place you’ve ever traveled to?
A: Iceland. Hands down one of the coolest places I have ever been. I recommend everyone go there if they get a chance. The landscape and scenery are beautiful. The people are amazingly friendly and welcoming. I’m already looking forward to my next trip back.

 

Spotlight Series: Dr. Wendy Leich

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 Wendy Leich, VET. MB, CVA, MRCVS. Dr. Leich has been with the practice since it’s inception, and her areas of expertise have changed over 30+ years. She now does acupuncture and chiropractic work primarily, and has been based in Wellington for the winter season. On February 8th Dr. Leich had a freak riding accident that resulted in a compound fracture of her humerus. The fracture was surgically repaired with internal fixation. She is currently focused on healing and coming back stronger. This is not a “normal” week in her life, but still has many amazing stories to share!  

Q: Do you remember a specific moment when you decided you wanted to be an equine vet?
A: Growing up in England, it was common to go around the classroom asking what everyone wanted to do when they grow up. I went to a high school for young ladies and when I told my teacher I wanted to be a veterinary surgeon, she told me “young ladies don’t want to do that.” I was therefore determined to prove her wrong!

Q: What colleges/universities did you attend? When someone asks “where did you go to school?” what do you tell them?
A: Cambridge University – in the UK you effectively go straight from high school to vet school. I was at university for six years, as opposed to the 8 year programs in the US.

Q: Tell me about the animals you own now.
A: I own several horses, most of which are homebred and they compete in dressage and go fox hunting. I also have a Standard Poodle, Chloe, and a Jack Russell, Smitty.

Q: What do you do for fun, outside of work and spend time with your animals?
A: I worked in a restaurant through high school with a Le Cordon Bleu educated chef, and she taught me how to enjoy cooking. So now I find cooking for a dinner party more fun than stressful!

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

Q: Favorite food?
A: Salmon – smoked or cooked in many different ways – my kids always make fun of me for ordering a salmon Caesar salad every time we go out for lunch!

Q: Favorite adult beverage?
A: Champagne!

Q: What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life in the last six months (or in recent memory)?
A: A CD player! I do musical freestyles with my horses, and the shows still require providing your music on CD. Plus, I don’t like technology and I can’t ever make the fancy Bluetooth speakers work!

Q: I am obsessed with…
A: Getting fit and healthy again!