During the center's initial five-year operational phase, "we'll focus on orthopedics and diagnostics," Hunt says, not on patients
with colic, enteritis or other medical conditions, but after the first phase the clinic can expand to provide critical surgical
care in those areas, too, he says.
The center will have space for MRI, but won't provide that initially "because we don't think the technology is real usable
– it isn't quite there yet," Hunt explains.
"The MRI technology is changing so fast, and the current format isn't the most user-friendly, so we'll wait a while before
bringing that in," says Hogan.
Hunt is a 1979 graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. His practice clientele includes several
well-known horse trainers and he has been instrumental in the development of some champion Thoroughbreds, including Cigar,
Charismatic, Conquistador Cielo, Easy Goer, Lady's Secret, Personal Ensign and Private Account.
Hogan, a 1992 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, received the American Veterinary Medical
Association's "President's Award" in 2005 for her treatment of 2004 Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones as an example of extraordinary
commitment to animal health.
Hogan saw the horse in July 2003, after it reared up in the starting gate during training near Philadelphia, smashing his
skull against an iron bar and causing so much damage an attending veterinarian thought he might lose an eye. Hogan, who was
to perform the surgery at the New Jersey clinic, first ran tests, including an ultrasound, and decided the horse could be
treated without removing the eye. The injury healed and Smarty Jones was back on the track by November, going on to win both
the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 2004.