Package includes physical exams, preventative care, and emergency fee option

[March 28, 2013; Kennett Square, PA] Because everyday equine health maintenance is integral for better performance, greater comfort, and longer life, the Field Service at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center is pleased to offer a Wellness Program for new and existing clients. The once yearly fee includes regular preventative care as well as discounts on additional services.

The Wellness Program includes two physical exams per year – one in the spring and one in the fall – and an annual body conditioning score. During the physical examination, a veterinarian will listen to the horse’s heart and lungs, conduct a brief eye exam, and palpate the limbs. A brief lameness exam also is included in the fall wellness examination.

In addition to counseling clients on the appropriate vaccination schedule for their horse and administering the vaccines, preventative care includes an annual Coggins test, annual dental examination, and annual fecal egg count analysis to determine proper deworming protocol. Sheath cleaning with the necessary sedation, optional vaccinations, additional fecal exams, and dental floats with sedation, if required, also are offered at a 5% discount for all Wellness Program subscribers.

Other plan options include a special Senior Plan for horses 15 years and older and an Advanced Plan that includes an annual blood test CBC and chemistry scan, as well as a second dental exam each year. A Cushings test is included for seniors and the Advanced plan includes a dental float with sedation and Flu/Rhino booster.

The Wellness Program offers major savings. The Basic Plan costs $188, which is 25% less than the total cost of each of the services at regular price. Overall savings with the Senior and Advanced Plans are 25%.

An additional incentive for participating in the Wellness Program is a new 50% discount on emergency fees for any patient enrolled in the Advanced Plan requiring after-hours veterinary care from the Field Service section. (Farm call fees are not included in the cost of the Wellness Program.)

“One of the real benefits of this program,” says Olivia Schroeder VMD, DABVP and a member of the Field Service team, “is New Bolton Center’s team of top specialists and state-of-the-art equipment.”

The Field Service includes three board-certified equine veterinarians who are backed by board-certified reproductive specialists, ophthalmologists, surgeons, anesthesiologists, cardiologists, and one of the only veterinarians in the world who is board-certified in both neurology and large animal medicine.

“It’s like bringing the knowledge of the hospital to your farm,” adds Dr. Schroeder.

For more information, call the Field Service section at 610-915-6310 or email nbcfield@vet.upenn.edu.