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. 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.

 

Sarah CrottySarah 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.

 

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. 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.

 

Lynn GarvinLynn Garvin: Lynn is originally from Mount Laurel, NJ. When she was 11, she got a riding lesson for her birthday, and she has been around horses ever since. After graduating college, she spent a few years working with eventing horses, and prior to joining B.W. Furlong & Associates groomed for an Fei level 3 day event rider in Ocala. She has been a life-long boxer owner; her current boxer, Pasque, is 3 years old and they go everywhere together. In her spare time, Lynn is interested in retraining OTTBs and hopes one day to take one to the Retired Racehorse Project in Kentucky. Lynn joined the practice in 2018 to serve as an ambulatory associate to Dr. Henriksen.

 

 

Kristy MatarazzoKristy 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.

Savannah MeltonSavannah Melton: Savannah was born in Honolulu, Hawaii where her father was stationed in the Marine Corps and later moved to New Jersey where she was raised. Starting at a young age, she looked up to her older cousins who lived on a horse farm and spent a lot of time learning from them and developed a love for horses. She became involved in 4-H, riding lessons, horse camp, English pleasure shows, and hunter paces. Savannah is currently enrolled at Rutgers University-New Brunswick majoring in Animal Science with a focus in Equine Science and will graduate with her B.S. in May 2020. At Rutgers, she participates in research at the Rutgers Equine Science Center under the direction of Dr. Kenneth McKeever. In addition, she works at a local horse farm and has spent time shadowing Dr. Paul Zimprich and Dr. Alex Ciuffitelli of East Coast Equine Veterinary Services where she found her passion for equine medicine. She joined B.W. Furlong & Associates as a hospital assistant in 2019 eager to learn and grow. In her spare time, Savannah likes to watch true crime documentaries, listen to John Mayer’s music, and cuddle with her 3 cats Mabel, Macey, and Mookie.

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. 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.

 

 

Elizabeth RuckElizabeth 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!

Alex SebastianiAlexandra Sebastiani: Alex grew up in Millstone, NJ and has had a passion for horses since the young age of 3. She and her mom took riding lessons together for years until her mom learned this was not a phase she would out grow. Alex’s parents then supported her as she campaigned her OTTBs, Enzo and Claire, all over the East Coast. She then became the barn manager and head trainer of a local show barn that bred and raised top quality warmbloods. Alex’s passion for horsemanship grew while training many young horses and learning all that she could about barn management and equine care. After graduating from Rider University, Alex worked for an FEI dressage rider. She travelled between Wellington and Southampton, NJ learning as much as possible about the dressage world and management of top level show horses. Prior to accepting her position as a hospital tech at B.W Furlong & Associates, Alex was a groom for an FEI event rider learning even more. She spent her winters in Ocala and the remainder of the year in Medford, NJ. Alex is also a C-3 Pony Club graduate and loves supporting them whenever the opportunity arises. In her spare time, Alex loves spending time with her son and family as well as training and competing her horses, Triscuit and Pow Wow Luigi.

Brianna Spitler: Brianna was born and raised in Pennsylvania and grew up with three other sisters. If it was not for a friend in Elementary School, she would have never found her interest in horses. From there, she got involved in the local 4-H club and enjoyed showing. In her sophomore year of high school, she got her first horse, Luke, an off the track Thoroughbred. After high school, she took a scholarship to play Division 1 soccer at the University of New Hampshire and to study Equine Science. She finished school at Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Animal Science and a minor in Equine Science. While at Penn State, she interned at Carousel Farm and learned how to manage a show barn, and she was the manager of the Sponsorship Committee for the annual Penn State Quarter Horse Sale. After graduation, she took a job at Pin Oak Lane Farm and gained experience in AI, live breeding, delivering newborns, foal care, and breaking and training standardbred and thoroughbreds. In the summer of 2017, she moved to New Jersey and became a part of the B.W. Furlong team as a Hospital Technician. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her two German Shepherds, family, and friends.

 

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 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.