Louisa Shepard[September 6, 2013; Philadelphia, PA] – The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) has named Louisa Shepard Communications Specialist for New Bolton Center, Penn Vet’s large-animal facility in Kennett Square, PA. In this role, Shepard will promote the work and services of New Bolton Center with a focus on media relations, marketing, and community affairs.

“We are so pleased that Louisa has joined our team,” said Ashley Berke, Director of Communications. “Her vast experience will be invaluable as we continue to raise the profile of New Bolton Center as a leading veterinary institution.”

Shepard previously served as Director of Communications for ACLAMO Family Centers, a Philadelphia-area nonprofit organization. Prior to that, she worked as a reporter for several newspapers, including The Hartford Courant, and as a copyeditor and reporter for the newswire service Knight-Ridder Financial News. Shepard also was a freelance reporter for several magazines, including Businessweek.

“I am so proud to represent Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center,” Shepard said. “I look forward to sharing stories about the world-class veterinarians and their important work.”

Shepard earned her master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. She showed her horse in 4-H while growing up in rural Ohio, where her family had a farm and agriculture business.

Shepard currently resides in Wayne, PA, with her husband, three sons, and their Springer Spaniel. 

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. In addition to treating about 6,000 patients annually, New Bolton Center 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.