Technicians


Jess AndersonJessica 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. In late July, she transitioned over to working with Dr. Sarah Gold as the MRI technician and was recently certified to operate the standing MRI scanner by Hallmarq in September. In her spare time, she enjoys competing and riding her horse, Willow, as well as spending time with family and friends.
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Julie CesariJulie Cesari:
Julie Cesari was born and raised in central New Jersey. She grew up riding hunt seat and had two horses of her own. After graduating she moved to New York City to pursue a higher education. After exploring a variety of majors and career options, Julie moved back to New Jersey where she began riding again. She found herself back where she started, and decided to become a vet tech. She graduated from Centenary College in May of 2015 with a Bachelors Degree in Equine Studies with an emphasis on Equine Science. Upon graduation, Julie begin working at B.W. Furlong and Associates. She is an ambulatory technician who rides alongside Drs. Mullin and Henriksen. In her free time, Julie enjoys riding her favorite mare Dezi and spending time with her husband Matt. In the warmer months she can be found in the garden tending to her flowers and honeybees.

 

Amanda DayAmanda Day: Growing up in New Jersey, Amanda was raised around her mother’s horse and started riding at a very young age. She started showing western pleasure and equitation and has recently started competing in reining. After getting involved in the local 4-H club she represented her county at many state and national events. Amanda attended Wilson College, graduating in 2012 with a BS in Veterinary Medical Technology with a concentration in Biology and became a certified veterinary technician in the winter of 2012. While in college, Amanda completed her internship at Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Virginia. After graduating, she worked at a local small animal clinic before joining the B.W. Furlong & Associates in the fall of 2013 as a weekend technician. In her free time Amanda rides and cares for her horses, enjoys going out with friends and helps her boyfriend out with his racecar.
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Marissa GallawayMarissa 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. She will be graduating in May 2016 and recently passed her VTNE to become a licensed technician. Marissa also worked part time at the Animal Specialty Center in Yonkers, NY. In her spare time, Marissa enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her Corgi, Lucy. She can also be found enjoying the day at the barn and horse showing.
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Michael OwenMichael 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. He is now in charge of the Nuclear Scinitgraphy, and also assists with appointments, hospitalized cases, surgery, and emergency duty. 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.
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Kristin PetherickKristin Petherick: Growing up in Illinois, Kristin began riding hunter/jumpers when she was eleven, instantly falling in love with horses and eventually owning her own show horse.  After high school she worked at Endless Possibilities Equestrian Center in Virginia where she broke hunter/jumpers and worked with handicapped riders. During her off hours she was competing on the A circuit. While in Virginia, she received her training as a certified equine massage therapist from Equissage. She then moved to Kentucky where she worked for Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital as an ICU Technician. Kristin then returned to Illinois to work as a Vet Tech for a local equine veterinarian. While working there she was introduced into the harness racing industry, and she began grooming and training harness horses. Caring for the Standardbreds brought her to New Jersey, where she has been for the past ten years. In New Jersey, Kristin continued working with race horses and for the last 6 years has been a Vet Tech for a Standardbred Veterinarian in South Jersey. She joined BW Furlong & Associates in the fall of 2013 as a technician. In her spare time, Kristin loves to travel, and shares her home with Lunar, her American Bobtail cat.
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Katie RodriguezKatie Rodriguez: Katie was borne and raised at the Jersey shore, coming from a family who knew nothing about horses. At the age of 8, she began volunteering at a local barn, assisting with therapeutic lessons for children with disabilities. It was then that her passion for horses emerged, and has stayed with her ever since. Following in her trainer’s footsteps, she is currently attending Centenary College of New Jersey studying her major in Biology with a minor in Equine Studies. While at Centenary College, Kaitlin works as a barn worker for the equestrian center in Long Valley, New Jersey and is a competitive rider on the Hunter/Jumper team for the college as well. In the fall of 2015, Kaitlin joined the B.W Furlong & Associates team as a holder for the MRI, then transitioned over to working in our clinic as a weekend hospital tech. In her spare time away from horses, Kaitlin likes to exercise and hang out with her loved ones.
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Jess YuritchJessica 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 now runs the lab and pharmacy. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, Meghan, and watching her grow up.
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