2007 Distinguished Service Award Recipients
Dr. Stephen P. Dey IIDr. Dey comes from a long line of Monmouth County farmers as the son of a vegetable and grain grower. His roots remain in the business of agriculture as a veterinarian who focuses on the treatment of standard bred race horses. He is a life-long resident of Allentown, New Jersey where Dr. Dey has been a practicing Veterinarian for 45 years working with world renowned trainers and some of the most valuable horses in the industry.
Dr. Dey began his academic pursuit toward his profession at the New Jersey College of Agriculture, which has recently been named the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University. During that time in 1954, he paid for his college education by trucking tomatoes for the once prominent Campbell’s Soup Company in Camden. Later, during his studies at New York State College of Veterinarian Medicine at Cornell, he discovered his lifelong passion for horses while conducting research for livestock. He served as an intern and resident at the University of Pennsylvania until he began his private practice in 1962.
Dr. Dey and wife Elizabeth Ann Smith have been married for 48 years. They have three children and six grandchildren. Their two sons have become vets and work along with Dr. Dey in the family business and their daughter is a Registered Nurse. The Dey’s live at Heritage Hill Farm -- 505 acres of preserved farmland consisting of a Standard bred breeding facility and a rehabilitation center – 350 acres are in crops and the rest in pastures.
Dr. Dey’s expert medical care, rehabilitation treatments and humane approaches in handling numerous horses has garnered him genuine respect throughout the agricultural community. His commitment to serve on boards and work with organizations that focus on improving New Jersey Agriculture presents a list that is too long to mention but the highlights include: Past-President of the State Board of Agriculture and the New Jersey Equine Practitioners Association; a Trustee at the Horse Park of New Jersey since its inception; President, Monmouth County Board of Agriculture; Agricultural Society for 27 years, a member New Jersey Farm Bureau and an advisor to FFA for over 40 years.
There is no doubt; Dr. Dey is a proven cornerstone for NJ Agriculture.