Meet our Veterinarians
CARL E. JUUL-NIELSEN, DVM
Dr. Juul-Nielsen is the owner and manager of New York Equine, a multi-vet practice servicing horses from Manhattan to Montauk. His roots began on a family farm outside of Charlottesville, VA, where they raised 2000 hogs a year. One of his earliest memories as a little boy was holding the shiny tray for the giant cow doctor in his overalls and galoshes. He was hooked for life.
He did his undergraduate work at both Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia, and received a B.S. in Sciences after 3 years. He got his DVM from The Ohio State University while spending much of his senior year at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center. It was that exposure to hunter/jumpers that would propel his career into equine medicine.
Upon graduation, he worked for Dr. Bruce Koenig at both the now closed Roosevelt Raceway and Belmont Park. After 2 years, he left to start his own practice at both Belmont and the farms on Long Island.
New York Equine services a wide array of horses, including racehorses, hunter/jumpers, dressage horses, polo ponies, western horses, and even minis.
Dr. Juul-Nielsen lives in Muttontown with his wife Patty, and they have two grown kids, Britt and Christophe. Dr. Juul-Nielsen has been active in the Village of Muttontown politics for the last decade, having been Deputy Mayor and Police Commissioner, as well as Fire Commissioner, Trustee, and Equine Liaison for the Village.
ALLISON WILLIGES, DVM
Allison first became interested in horses at a young age when her Brownie troop visited a local horse farm. She earned an undergraduate degree in Biology from the College of William and Mary in 2003, where she was a member of the college equestrian team. She went on to graduate from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary medicine in 2009.
After graduating from vet school she completed an internship at Mid Atlantic Equine Medical Center in New Jersey, rotating through each department in the hospital and gaining experience in medical and surgical cases, emergency and ambulatory medicine.
Allison joined New York Equine in August 2011. She has an interest in the diagnosis and management of sport horse lameness as well as ophthalmology and dentistry. She also completed training in chiropractic, and offers this service as well.
ANNE BUKENHOFER, DVM
Dr. Anne Bukenhofer is a graduate of Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences 2006 class. After an internship in St. Louis, MO, she took a position in Louisiana working with racehorse clientele developing her skills in lameness and performance horse medicine. She relocated to Long Island and joined the New York Equine team in the fall of 2014.
In December 2017, she completed her acupuncture certification courses with The Chi Institute, adding Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine to her treatment modalities.
Dr. Anne enjoys working with equine athletes of all ability levels and disciplines. She also loves the not so athletic equines as well.
In her spare time, Dr. Anne enjoys riding horses, reading, strength and cross training, going to the beach, and relaxing with her dog Bode.
Dr. Anne is excited to announce her enrollment and starting coursework on a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine with The Chi University (formerly The Chi Institute) in Spring 2020! The areas of study include herbal treatment of diseases and conditions, food therapy, and tui-na (a manual therapy that uses a combination of acupressure, conventional massage and chiropractic techniques to treat issues).
Melissa Batterton, DVM
Dr. “Mel” grew up riding and working at a hunter-jumper stable before attending Colorado State University.
She graduated with her DVM and then went on to perform an internship at Rhinebeck Equine in New York, where she honed her skills in sports medicine and critical care.