Our equine practice includes:

  • Lameness exam and diagnostics, including x-ray and ultrasound
  • Routine vaccinations and wellness exams
  • Pre-purchase exams
  • Illness and injury exam and treatment
  • Dental care
  • Cryosurgery for skin tags, sarcoids, and more!
  • Humane euthanasia

About Our Equine Practice

barn callTed Spinks, V.M.D. is a 1981 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, New Bolton Center, and an active AVMA and AAHA member licensed in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. He has acquired international recognition to for his studies in equine sports injuries, arthroscopy, laparoscopy, and minimally invasive surgery primarily in the UAE, Middle East. Recently he acquired the 20L Dewar Brymill Cryogenic System to allow him to perform cryosurgery on equine sarcoids.

He is the owner and head veterinarian of the AAHA certified Animal Hospital of Sussex County, in Augusta, New Jersey, which serves Sussex County and attends farm calls throughout Augusta, Sussex, Wantage, Franklin, Newton, Fredon, and all surrounding areas.

His achievements and dedication to equine veterinary medicine include speaking at various equestrian events for Penn State Extension and local horse clubs in the tri-state area including 4-H Programs.

horse callDr. Spinks has a long tradition of volunteer service to organized veterinary medicine and the horse community. He is a big supporter of the Standardbred Retirement Foundation which places retired Standardbred racehorses into permanent, loving homes. He also assists with various other rescues in the area, and is always willing to go on farm and emergency calls to help horses in need.

The NJ ASPCA also works with and trusts Dr. Spinks, and he is often called upon to analyze various equine situations and assist the SPCA on calls and emergencies.

The Animal Hospital of Sussex County, under the direction of Dr. Spinks, has significant experience in caring for geriatric horses, and in diagnosing and treating obscure equine lamenesses. We use state of the art radiology and ultrasound equipment. His veterinary truck is well-equipped for most out-patient procedures, including diagnostics, colic treatment and assessment, endoscopy, and more. In conjunction with Matthew Spinks, an Animal Science Major at Penn State and Dr. Spinks’s son, they perform equine dentistry using the safest anesthetic protocols and best tools available. All equine dental treatments start with a comprehensive dental exam to evaluate the horse and their current condition, to ensure thorough care for the animal’s needs.

In addition to his work with rescues and organizations and wealth of hands-on equine lameness examveterinary experience, Dr. Spinks is committed to providing scholarship and educational opportunities for both undergraduate and veterinary students. The Animal Hospital of Sussex County regularly hosts students from local community colleges as well as accredited veterinary universities, such as his own alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania for externship experiences.

When Dr. Spinks is out in the field, his full staff of three experienced veterinarians and certified technicians are in the office covering the inpatient small animals and ensuring all customers and pet owners, both large and small, are attended to with care. Dr. Spinks answers his own emergencies for clients, and when away, he will have a 24/7 service with experienced veterinarians available on call to ensure that there will always be an experienced equine veterinarian available to evaluate your horse.


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