[February 6, 2014; Philadelphia, PA] – On Saturday, March 1 at 10:00 a.m., Dr. Charles Vite, associate professor and section chief of neurology and neurosurgery, will present a special lecture, Epilepsy – Collaborative Research at Penn Vet, as part of Penn Vet’s Animal Lovers Lecture Series.

The free event will take place at the Hill Pavilion located at 380 S. University Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Reservations are recommended and can be made by contacting John Campbell at (215) 746-7460 or johnrc@vet.upenn.edu.

Dr. Vite will discuss the causes and treatment of epilepsy in dogs, as well as the latest in patient care. Naturally occurring epilepsy in dogs has a prevalence, age of onset, and signs similar to those found in people. The majority of dogs with recurrent seizures have no intracranial structural defect, no demonstrable serum or spinal fluid abnormalities, and no abnormal neurological findings when not seizing.

During the Animal Lovers Lecture Series, faculty and clinicians at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital share current information on topics of interest and relevance to dog and cat owners throughout the region.

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.