Our practice is comprised of 8 veterinarians from very diverse backgrounds and specialties. Please note that while all the veterinarians are based in New Jersey, Drs. Furlong, Leich and Mullin head to Florida in the winter to serve our clients that have travelled south for showing.
Dr. Brendan W. Furlong, M.V.B., M.R.C.V.S.
President, Furlong’s Healthy Horse
Dr. Brendan Furlong has served as the Team veterinarian for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team since 1994. He is one of the foremost Sport Horse experts in the United States. He founded the practice that bears his name in 1980 and has built one of the premiere equine clinics in the nation. Brendan has been practicing veterinary medicine since he graduated from the Veterinary College of Ireland with honors in 1976, he remains passionate about his work more than 30 years later.
An Irish horseman, Brendan was born and raised on a farm in his native country but came to the United States for a two-year internship in 1977. He never left.
Brendan’s passion is sport horses. He is diligent about their care and maintenance so they can succeed at the highest level of their sport. He continuously studies and solves lameness problems and how they relate to loss of performance equine athletes. Because of his experience and expertise Brendan is highly sought after for pre-purchase exams and has traveled around the world to perform exams on behalf of his clients. He’s been part of the careers of some of the world’s most prolific sport horses.
The practice is located minutes from the historic headquarters of the U.S. Equestrian Team. Brendan has served the US Team in various capacities since 1990 and is never far from the activity of many of the U.S. Teams. In addition to serving as the Eventing Team veterinarian at every Olympic Games, Pan American Games and World Championships since 1994, he accompanied the Show Jumping Team to Europe and Mexico for Nations Cups, and cared for horses at the Combined Driving World Championships. In 2010 he was one of the team veterinarians attending to 80 U.S. Driving horses at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky.
Brendan and his wife Wendy Leich, also a veterinarian in the practice, have been married since 1982. They have two sons: Adam worked in the Teach for America program, and now is the Vice-President of Furlong’s Healthy Horse and Jonny, who studies Exercise Physiology at the University of Virginia. They are both competitive rowers. The Furlong family breeds and trains sport horses on their family farm in Pittstown, New Jersey. In his spare time Brendan, who is Joint Master of the Amwell Valley Hounds and a member of the Essex Foxhounds, enjoys farming and fox hunting as well as traveling for business and pleasure.
Vice-President, Furlong’s Healthy Horse
Despite having (shockingly) little background in science, it should come as little surprise that Adam is a part of the ever-expanding family business. Along with Dr. Furlong, Adam has been working to build Furlong’s Healthy Horse since day 1. The idea was first pitched in the spring of 2011, and Adam has been working full time to build the business since September. He runs all of the day-to-day operations of the business, including overseeing the website development, phone sales, marketing, and accounting. Prior to starting up FHH, Adam spent two years teaching Algebra 2, Geometry, and Statistics at West Philadelphia High School, as part of Teach For America. He still remains very close with his students, one of whom even refers to him as her dad. While teaching, he also earned his Masters in Special Education at Chestnut Hill College; he graduated in the spring of 2011 with a 4.0. He didn’t attend his graduation, however, because he wanted to watch his younger brother, Jonathan, race at the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia that same weekend (they ended up missing a medal by less than a second).
Adam received his B.A. in Economics from College of the Holy Cross in May, 2009. While there, he was a four year member of the crew team, making the first varsity boat in all three years that he was eligible, and was elected co-captain his senior year. He collegiate racing season ended at the IRA National Championship Regatta at Lake Natoma, California, where they finished 21st in the country. He spent two years after college training at Pennsylvania Athletic Club, and has currently transitioned to triathlons – he completed his first Half Ironman in the fall of 2011 and plans to race his first full Ironman in the spring of 2013. In the 2012 year he will race three Half Ironman races and other triathlons of mixed distances. He lives in Philadelphia with some of his former teammates from college. In the little spare time that he has, he enjoys snowboarding, SEC Football, and gadgets.
Wendy E. Leich, VET, M.B.
British-born, Dr. Wendy Leich Furlong graduated at the top of her class from Cambridge University Veterinary School in 1983. She met Dr. Brendan Furlong while in the U.S. working during her school holidays and moved over to join him after she graduated. They were married shortly thereafter.
Wendy has been a huge part of building the practice since its inception in the basement of the Furlongs’ home. It has evolved into a renowned veterinary clinic, due, in large part, to Wendy’s oversight on the design. She also helped develop the current anesthesia system for our surgery.
With a diverse background in equine veterinary medicine, she has focused primarily on equine acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicines and alternative therapies since 2000. Certified in Veterinary Acupuncture and a practitioner of Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM), Wendy integrates acupuncture and alternative therapies with conventional veterinary medicine. Her clients range from high performance competition horses to geriatrics.
Wendy works with the Land Rover US Eventing Team as their acupuncturist at many major competitions including the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, the 2002 and 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games and the 2003 and 2007 Pan American Games. She also worked at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
She is actively involved in breeding, training and competing sport horses on the family farm and in 2010 Wendy won the US Eventing Association’s Preliminary Master Amateur Rider of the Year award, earned entirely on homebred sport horses that she produced. These homebreds were out of a mare called Jazztime. Jazztime was another horse produced by Wendy, who at age 29, is still ridden by a youth that Wendy sponsors through the Big Brother/Big Sister program.
Margaret M. Mullin, V.M.D.
A University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine graduate in 1996, Dr. ‘Meg’ Mullin completed her internship at Mid Atlantic Equine Medical Center the following year and has been an Associate Veterinarian at B.W. Furlong and Associates ever since.
Meg has a long history in the horse business. Prior to veterinary school, Meg rode and trained hunters, jumpers, and equitation horses and taught extensively. Since she began working at B.W. Furlong and Associates, Meg has had the honor of working for the United States Equestrian Team at major international events including the Spruce Meadows Masters in Calgary, Canada, and at a CSIO Monterrey in Mexico. She has a broad client base and she is well traveled, attending to her patients both in the U.S. and at various international events. For the past five years she has been based in Wellington, Florida for the winter months to better serve her clientele.
Rachel Gardner, D.V.M., Dipl ACVIM
Her duties as the internist at the practice include evaluating and treating a variety of conditions and disorders. Her areas of expertise include evaluation and treatment for horses with respiratory conditions, neurologic disorders, ophthalmic disorders and gastrointestinal disorders. She also investigates inconclusive and sometimes subtle symptoms that some horses depict, such as fever, inappetance, lethargy or weight loss.
A member of the Cornell Women’s Polo Team during her undergraduate years, Rachel remained at Cornell University for veterinary school. After she graduated in 2001 and completed a year-long internship at Blue Ridge Equine Clinic in Charlottesville, Virginia, she then returned to Cornell for her residency in internal medicine.
Even when she’s not working, Rachel’s life seems to revolve around horses and other animals. Her husband, Jason, is a small animal internal medicine specialist and they can usually be found riding their horses or hiking with their dogs in their free time.
Sarah Gold, D.V.M.
Dr. Sarah Gold joined B.W. Furlong and Associates in 2005. Born in Nuremburg, Germany, Sarah grew up in Suffern, NY. She has been involved in horses since she was nine years old when she began riding with Mindy Minetto at Stonehedge Farm. Her experience grooming, training, and showing horses for Mindy in the hunter/jumper ring lent to her strong foundation of horsemanship, and she decided to pursue a career in equine medicine.
In 2000 Sarah graduated cum laude from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University with a degree in Animal Science. She was also the captain of the Women’s Varsity Equestrian Team. Sarah returned to Cornell University for Vet School – and her primary interests were sports medicine, reproduction, and pathology. After graduation, she completed a one-year internship at the Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center in the Santa Ynez Valley in California. She joined B.W. Furlong & Associates upon completion of that internship as an ambulatory practitioner. Because of her interest in regenerative medicine (stem cell, PRP), lameness, and diagnostic imaging she took over day-to-day operations of the Equine MRI of New Jersey, our standing MRI.
She also served as assistant team veterinarian to the United States Eventing Team in the 2008 Hong Kong Olympic Games, the 2010 WEG, and continues to serve in this role at various other international competitions both in the US and abroad.
Misty Gray, D.V.M.
Dr. Misty Gray grew up in a small town in north Louisiana, and as the only horse lover in the family, she spent all of her spare time at a nearby hunter/jumper barn. Misty attended Louisiana State University for her undergraduate degree where she rode on the equestrian team, she remained at LSU and graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine in May of 2007.
Following an internship at B.W. Furlong and Associates in 2007-2008, Misty remained at the practice as an associate veterinarian. In addition to the lameness, sport horse care, and emergency field medicine skills acquired during her internship, Misty’s special interests include reproduction, broodmare management, and newborn foal care. Misty will also be offering chiropractic services following AVCA certification in February 2012.
In her spare time, she enjoys riding, spending time with her dog Abby, visiting friends and family in Louisiana and exploring New Jersey.
Jessica Stahle, D.V.M.
Dr. Jessica Stahle grew up in a small town in south central Pennsylvania, she always loved animals but had a particular passion for horses. Jessica graduated from Penn State with a BS in Animal Bioscience in 2005. She then enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania and received a veterinary degree. Jessica completed an internship at our practice in 2009-2010. She remained at B.W. Furlong and Associates following her internship and became an associate.
Since moving to New Jersey, Jessica enjoys spending time outside in the gorgeous countryside that the state has to offer. In her spare time, she enjoys riding, hiking, and playing with her cat Lucius.
Emily Olson, D.V.M.
Dr. Emily Olson grew up in the Greenspring Valley of Maryland where she was very active in Pony Club, competed in the sport of eventing, and enjoyed foxhunting and playing polo in her free time. She became a Virginia Tech Hokie in 2002 and was a double major in Dairy Science and Animal and Poultry Science.
During her time in undergraduate she was a (very) active football fan and was part of the Intercollegiate Dressage Team. She remained in Blacksburg on the Virginia Tech campus and enrolled in the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She enjoyed another four football seasons as a super fan at Tech, and she was also very involved in the Student American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Another intern that remained with the practice after the completion of their internship, she is now the primary emergency associate. Emily offers Saturday appointments and dentistry services to our clients. She has happily settled in to New Jersey with her red heeler, Salsa, and horse, Scarlett.
Rachel Liepman, D.V.M.
Dr. Rachel Liepman was lucky enough to be born into a horse loving family and to have horses as part of her life from a young age. Her family moved from the east coast to Michigan, and Rachel began riding at a young age, she grew up actively competing on the hunter/jumper circuit. She became a University of Michigan Wolverine in 2002 and graduated with a degree in biology four years later. During her undergraduate career, she continued riding as much as she could, catch-riding in Ann Arbor.
In 2006, before she enrolled in veterinary school, she was able to spend a year on the horse show circuit as a working student in Ocala, FL, Lexington, KY and beyond. Rachel then continued on to Spartan territory at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. She was an active member of several clubs including the student chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. She graduated from Michigan State in 2011 but remains a Wolverine at heart. In her spare time, Rachel can usually be found enjoying the beautiful garden state of New Jersey with her fiancé Daniel and her two dogs, Asher and Penelope.
Jaime Horner, D.V.M.
Dr. Jaime Horner grew up in Minnesota and has been riding and competing horses since she was a child. After trying out a variety of equestrian disciplines, foxhunting introduced her to the sport of eventing, which was where she found her passion. Through her years of riding and competing, Jaime became very interested in equine sports medicine and decided to pursue a career as an equine veterinarian.
Jaime graduated from the University of Minnesota, School of Veterinary Medicine and since moving to New Jersey, she has enjoyed being able to return to the saddle, explore the country side, and not have to pump her own gas.