Jessica Anderson: Jessica was born and raised in New Jersey, and developed a passion for horses at an early age, buying her first horse, Skip at age 9. She graduated from Centenary College in May of 2013 with a BS in Equine Studies and a concentration in Equine Science. While at Centenary, Jess competed on both the English and Western IHSA teams. During her Junior and Senior year, Jess was given the opportunity to work under Dr. Michael Fugaro, assisting in medical and surgical procedures, lameness evaluations, and treatments at the Centenary College Equestrian Center. She also completed an internship at Califon Animal Hospital under Dr. Christina Wilson, where she assisted with ambulatory calls, minor equine medical and surgical procedures. In the spring of 2013, Jess joined the B.W. Furlong & Associates team as a technician working beside Dr. Misty Gray. She then transitioned over to working with Dr. Sarah Gold as the MRI technician and was certified to operate the standing MRI scanner by Hallmarq in September 2013. She was promoted to the title of Hospital Tech Team Leader in the spring of 2017 and now manages the deployment of the entire hospital technician team. In her spare time, she enjoys competing and riding her horse, Willow, as well as spending time with family and friends.
Madeline Capodanno: Madeline Capodanno is from Westfield, New Jersey and grew up riding, showing and caring for horses at Essex Equestrian Center. After competing in the Hunt Seat Equitation circuit throughout high school, Madeline attended the University of Missouri, earning her B.S in Animal Sciences, following a pre-veterinary track. While in college, Madeline worked in a swine research facility, a small animal clinic, was involved at the Equine Teaching Facility, and spent a semester studying abroad in Spain. Upon graduation in May of 2019, she moved back to New Jersey and initially joined the B.W Furlong family within the client relations department for the summer months, while applying to veterinary schools. Madeline is now a hospital technician and loves engaging in the range of patient care and learning about each unique case. Outside of work, Madeline spends her time riding, taking spin classes, drinking coffee and travelling.
Sarah Crotty: Sarah Crotty was born in Kilkenny, the medieval capital of Ireland. She grew up not far from the Warrington Equestrian Centre and, according to legend, moved there at age twelve. She has spent the last twenty years developing, schooling and caring for show-jumping ponies and horses. She had success in competition in Ireland and England before moving to New Jersey in 2007. After spending five years working at, and managing, a professional farm in Princeton, she joined Dr. Furlong & Dr. Leich at their farm, where she looked after all the animals. She joined the team in the practice in 2018 as a hospital technician and works closely with Dr. Furlong. Sarah spends her spare time in the gym, working on her fitness and assisting with personal training, or buying shoes.
Andrea Davey: Andrea Davey is originally from Smithtown, Long Island and stayed in New Jersey after graduating Centenary College in 2006. She earned her B.S. in Equine Studies with a double concentration in Equine Business Management and Riding Instruction and Training. While studying, she competed on the intercollegiate riding team, focusing on the Hunter/Jumper discipline. Before joining the B.W. Furlong team, Andrea worked as an Instructor and Barn Manager for numerous barns including her own business, Heart of Gold Stables. Andrea enjoyed teaching all levels of riding from first time riders all the way up through the competitive show circuit. Andrea always enjoyed caring for the horse and tending to their nutritional and medical needs which led her to her current position as a hospital vet tech. Andrea enjoys spending her free time with her niece and nephews, volunteering at Mane Stream, crossfit, and hanging with her dog, Snoopy.
Marissa Gallaway: Marissa was born and raised in New Jersey where she developed her love for horses at a very young age on her parent’s horse farm in Frenchtown, NJ. She grew up successfully competing in the hunter/jumper circuit with her horse Colosso. Marissa began working part time with our team in May 2011, while attending Mercy College to earn her B.S. in Veterinary Technology, and has continued ever since in a variety of roles. While in college Marissa also worked part time at the Animal Specialty Center in Yonkers, NY. After graduating in May 2016 and after passing her VTNE to become a licensed technician, Marissa joined the team as a technician to Dr. Furlong. In her spare time, Marissa enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She can also be found enjoying the day at the barn and horse showing.
Kristy Matarazzo: Kristy is a native of Hunterdon County, NJ. Growing up on a small family farm, she was hooked on horses since early childhood. On her 4th birthday she got her first pony, Captain America, and fell in love with taking care of him as much as riding him. Through the years she progressed from showing in 4-H to competing in the Marshall & Sterling Child Jumper League, while still having a special love for trail rides and hunter paces with her mom. The desire for a career in equine veterinary medicine started as a young adult after watching a veterinarian perform a major field surgery on her beloved Quarter Horse, Hank, and being responsible for his wound care and antibiotic injections afterwards. After high school, she brought her Thoroughbred Red to college with her in Ohio where she received a B.S. in Equine Health Technology as well as Equine Facility Management from Otterbein College and an A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology from Columbus State. While completing rotations at the Ohio State Vet school, she took a strong interest in equine anesthesia, which she has been performing ever since. Upon graduating college, she passed the VTNE to become a credentialed technician and has worked in the industry since 2001. Outside of work, Kristy is an active volunteer, including Co-Directing the Hunterdon County Animal Response Team and serving as a Regional Contact for the American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians. In her free time she loves cooking and entertaining, riding and caring for her 3 horses and spending time with her dog Sammie.
Michael Owen: Michael grew up in Alabama and developed a love for horses on his family’s farm. He graduated from Snead State College in 2002 with an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology. Upon graduation he received his Veterinary Technician license and began work at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine as an equine technician. He joined the clinic in 2009 as a technician. In 2019 he moved into the lab as the Lab Technician. He enjoys playing the guitar and spending time in the outdoors. Every year, his family in Alabama hosts a trail ride at their farm which benefits St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Alexa Potts: Alexa was born and raised in Hunterdon county. She started riding at the young age of 7 and has been hooked ever since, showing on the local hunter circuit until college. She graduated from Delaware Valley University in 2013 with a B.A. in Equine Science and Management. Alexa has an extensive background as a small animal technician working at Crown Veterinary Specialties as a surgery, emergency, and oncology technician. In January 2020 she joined B.W. Furlong & Assoc. to use her technical skills to help horses, the animal she’s always been crazy about. She still owns her 23y/o OTTB show hunter, Bentley, who is happily retired from jumping, but still enjoys a nice trail ride. Alexa also has a “small pony” of sorts in her 150lb Great Dane, Tyrion, who enjoys hanging out with Bentley as well! If you can’t find her around the barn you will definately find her at a dirt track out in PA watching a different kind of horsepower, 410 Sprint Cars!
Elizabeth Ruck: Elizabeth was born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey, with her two sisters. She got her first pet, a dog named Snickers, while she was in kindergarten, and her love of animals took off from there. In fifth grade, she started taking riding lessons and soon after began working in order to pay for her lesson fees. While working to take care of the lesson horses, she became dedicated to providing the best quality of care possible. Through various internships and part time jobs with local veterinarians, she worked to gain knowledge in the veterinary field. After her graduation from Delaware Valley University, she accepted a full time position as an ambulatory technician with Dr. Mullin, and is very excited to grow in the field! In her spare time, you will find her riding her horse, reading any book she can get her hands on, or playing with her pup, Remmy!
Jessica Yuritch: Born in Cherry Hill, NJ, Jessica developed a love for horses at an early age while attending summer camps and taking riding lessons at Flora Lea Farm. She attended college at Centenary and graduated in 2003 with a BS in Equine Studies. While there, she was a member of the Intercollegiate Dressage Team. She joined the practice upon graduation, and worked for four years as a technician before taking time off for the birth of her daughter. She returned in 2009, and after several years of running the lab and pharmacy, transitioned to Pharmacy Technician in the summer of 2016. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, Meghan, and watching her grow up.