Dr. Michael Fugaro

Professor of Equine Studies
Phone: ext. 7220
Email: fugarom@centenarycollege.edu 

Academic Accomplishments

  • VMD, University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Diplomate ACVS, American College of Veterinary Surgeons 


Dr. Fugaro is a Professor of Equine Studies and the resident veterinarian at Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ.  In addition, Dr. Fugaro is visiting instructor at Rutgers University in the Animal Science Department.  

Dr. Fugaro graduated from the University of Delaware and received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science. He completed his veterinary training at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Fugaro completed an internship at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, and a large animal surgical residency at Purdue University.

Dr. Fugaro has practiced large animal medicine and surgery in Bucks and Montgomery counties in Pennsylvania.  He currently runs an ambulatory practice named Mountain Pointe Equine Veterinary Services servicing Hunterdon, Warren, Sussex, and Morris counties in New Jersey while providing surgical consultation for BW Furlong & Associates.

Prior to arriving at Centenary College, Dr. Fugaro was one of the principal veterinarians representing the State Veterinarian for the New Jersey Department of Agriculture's Division of Animal Health. Dr. Fugaro is board certified in large animal surgery and a member of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.  He maintains memberships with the American Veterinary Medical Association, NJ Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, NJ Association of Equine Practitioners, and the National Association for Equine Affiliated Academics.

Dr. Fugaro provides a very high standard of care for the horses owned and boarded at Centenary College. In addition, he provides multiple educational opportunities for the students to learn and experience equine veterinary medicine and surgery in the form or lectures, clinical cases, internships, and hands-on workshops and demonstrations.

Published Works

Liburt NR, Fugaro MN, Malinowski K, et. al.  The effect of age and
     exercise training on  insulin sensitivity, fat and muscle tissue
     cytokine profiles and body composition of  old and young
     Standardbred mares– Comparative Exercise
     December 20, 2012.

Onishi JC, Park JW, Prado J, Eades S, Mirza MH, Fugaro MN,
     Häggblom MM , Reinemeyer C.  Intestinal bacterial overgrowth
     include potential pathogens in carbohydrate overload models
     in equine acute laminitis
– Vet Microbiology. Oct 2012, Vol 159;
     Issue 3-4:  pp 354-363.

Onishi JC, Park JW, Häggblom MM, Fennell MJ, Fugaro MN.  Chronic
     laminitis is associated with potential bacterial pathogens in
– Vet Microbiology. August 2012, Vol 158;
     Issue 3-4: pp 329-336.

Liburt NR, Fugaro MN, Wunderlich EK, et. al.  Effect of exercise
     training on insulin sensitivity and muscle tissue cytokine profiles
     of old and young Standard bred mares
-  Journal of Equine
     Veterinary Science. 2011, 31:237-238.

Fugaro MN, Gardner RB, Haas E.  Avulsion of Quadriceps Apparatus
     in a Horse, “What’s Your Diagnosis”
– JAVMA, 237(5),
     September 1, 2010.

Fugaro MN.  The Veterinarian - Client Bond: Stronger Than Expected,
     “The Final Diagnosis”
– Compendium: Continuing Education for
     Veterinarians, August 2010.

Fugaro MN, Staller GS.  Full-thickness primary closure of a large
     abdominal wall defect using wire sutures after surgical correction
     of an umbilical enterocutaneous fistula in a filly.
– Compendium
     of Continuing Education-Equine Edition, March/April 2007;
     2(22): 92-95.

Fugaro MN, Kiupel M, Montiani-Ferreira F, Hawkins JF, Janovitz EB.  
     Retinoblastoma in the eye of a llama(Llama glama). – Veterinary
     Ophthalmology, 2005; 8(4):  287-290.

Smarsh DN, Williams CA, Fugaro MN, et al.  The impact of antioxidants
     and oxidative stress in horses
.  (PhD defense committee member
     and veterinary consultant) Rutgers University 2012-2013.

McKeever K, Menon N, Booth N, Fugaro MN. Evaluation of non-invasive
     prototype in an equine hydration model (Pilot Study).
     Rutgers University 2011.

Lamprecht ED, Fugaro MN, William CA, et. al. Proof of performance
     field trials for Nutrena equine feeds and MN Hooved Animal Rescue 
     (Clinical Trials) – Cargill Animal Nutrition, Elk River, MN, 2010-2011.  

Liburt NR, Fugaro MN, et. al.  Inflammatory cytokine profiles of equine 
     fat and muscle.  Rutgers University 2009-2010.

Onishi JC, Fennell M, Fugaro MN.  Equine chronic laminitis: possible
     laminar bacterial infectio
n -  Rutgers University 2009-2010.

Fugaro MN, Hawkins JF, Van Sickle DC.  Pilot study: A comparison of
     calcium sulfate pellets, putty, and autogenous bone graft on fourth
     metacarpal/metatarsal bone defects in the horse.  

     Purdue University 2001.

Michael Fugaro