New Jersey Association of Equine Practitioners


The NJAEP’s mission is to guard, improve, and advocate for the health/welfare of the horse, promote a collaborative forum among equine practitioners, further the professional development of its membership, and foster relationships within the industry of the State.


Michael N Fugaro, VMD, DACVS

Mountain Pointe Equine Veterinary Services

Travis Bowers, DVM
Running S Equine Veterinary

Elias E. Perris, DVM
Perris Equine Veterinary Associates

Rachel B. Gardner, DVM, DACVIM
BW Furlong & Associate

Mary Beth Hamorski, VMD
Past President
Califon Animal Hospital

Jennifer J. Smith, DVM, DACVS
New Jersey Equine Clinic





NJAEP Position Statements (September 2018)

Equine Dentistry
The NJAEP acknowledges that Equine Dentistry remains of paramount importance to the overall health and well-being of the horse. The scope of dentistry has exponentially expanded within the field of veterinary medicine over the past two decades. In order to provide optimal care to the horse, a veterinarian is required to continually advance their education and maintain a comprehensive understanding and the blended affiliations with anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, biomechanics, and patho-biology/physiology of the biological system. This advanced education and continued research defines the diagnostic and therapeutic approaches adopted and revised within the field of veterinary medicine and equine dentistry.

The NJ Veterinary Practice Act, as well as the position statements of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and the NJ Veterinary Medical Association (NJVMA), has clearly defined Equine Dentistry as the practice of veterinary medicine including the “removal of sharp enamel projections, treatment of malocclusions of premolars, molars, and incisors…”(AAEP Position on Equine Dentistry 2012) The NJAEP fully supports these position statements.

New Jersey Veterinary Practice Act

New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association Position Statement Regarding Equine Dentistry

American Association of Equine Practitioners Position on Equine Dentistry (2012)

Equine Farriery
The NJAEP acknowledges that the collaborative relationships between farriers/trimmers and veterinarians is imperative for todays’ horses. The collegiality between these individuals along with the integration of their skills has resulted in a more successful performance horse as well as an overall healthier horse. The NJAEP understands that traditional farriery/trimming to be outside of the practice of veterinary medicine. However, the use of any diagnostics (e.g., radiology) or medications for the treatment of diseases/disorders of the foot is understood as the practice of veterinary medicine.


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Phone: (908) 359-1184
Fax: (908) 359-7619