[December 17, 2013; Kennett Square, PA] – On Tuesday, January 7 at 6:30 p.m., Virginia Reef, DVM, will discuss how veterinarians use ultrasound examinations on mares with high-risk pregnancies, as part of the First Tuesday Lecture Series at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center, 382 West Street Road, Kennett Square, PA.

The series offers free lectures to the public on equine topics the first Tuesday of each month. The lectures take place in New Bolton Center’s Woerner Auditorium. Due to limited seating, reservations are recommended and can be made by contacting Barbara Belt at beltb@vet.upenn.edu.

Penn Vet, New Bolton Center, Dr. Virginia ReefDuring the lecture, Dr. Reef will explain why a diagnostic ultrasound is critical to assessing the viability of a foal in a mare during a high-risk pregnancy. She also will discuss how veterinarians can use findings from the ultrasound to decide when and how to intervene and to prepare for complications.

Dr. Reef, the Mark Whittier and Lila Griswold Allam Professor of Medicine, serves as New Bolton Center’s Director of Large Animal Cardiology and Diagnostic Ultrasonography and the Chief of Sports Medicine and Imaging. She is board-certified in sports medicine and rehabilitation, as well as internal medicine. Earlier this year, Dr. Reef was the recipient of the prestigious ACVIM Robert W. Kirk Award for Professional Excellence. This award is presented annually to an ACVIM Diplomate with an outstanding career in veterinary medicine, including national and international recognition for contributions and service in activities such as clinical medical practice, instruction, research, and public service.

About the First Tuesday Lecture Series

During the First Tuesday Lecture Series, faculty and clinicians at New Bolton Center share current information on topics of interest and relevance to horse owners and caregivers throughout the region. Many of the lectures highlight the advanced techniques performed by Penn Vet’s team of leading clinicians and the state-of-the-art equipment and facilities available to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients.

About Penn Vet

Penn Vet is a global leader in veterinary medicine education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the only veterinary school developed in association with a medical school. The school is a proud member of the One Health Initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health.

Penn Vet serves a diverse population of animals at its two campuses, which include extensive diagnostic and research laboratories. Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia provides care for dogs, cats, and other domestic/companion animals, seeing nearly 33,000 patients a year. New Bolton Center, Penn Vet’s large-animal hospital on nearly 700 acres in rural Kennett Square, PA, cares for horses and livestock/farm animals, treating 33,000 patients each year – 4,100 in the hospital and 29,000 at farms through the Field Service. In addition, New Bolton Center’s campus includes a swine center, working dairy, and poultry unit that provide valuable research for the agriculture industry.

For more information, visit www.vet.upenn.edu.