[March 25, 2014; Kennett Square, PA] – Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center announces a “Foal Jump Start” package for foals that are seriously but not critically ill. This package is designed for the neonatal foal that will benefit from hospitalization and care from our specialists, but does not require intensive care.

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at New Bolton Center, under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Palmer, is recognized internationally for state-of-the-art care for critically ill newborn foals. The NICU also caters to the less-critical neonate. In these economically challenging times, owners of less critically ill foals may be reluctant to seek care. The Jump Start package is designed so that owners know the total cost for this level of care before sending their foal to the hospital.

Examples of foals that would benefit from this program are those with conditions including mild neonatal encephalopathy (dummy or maladjusted foal) who are able to stand on their own even though they may need help getting up; foals with infections that may be serious but not overwhelming and not involving bone; "slow starting" or weak foals; and any foal that will benefit from around-the-clock nursing care, tube-feeding of milk, limited intravenous fluids, and antibiotics for a few days to get on a road to recovery.  

A three-day package priced at $2,300 covers the cost of care from our neonatologists to get "back on track" for further care at home. Two additional days are available with this package, priced at $250 per day.

If the foal becomes critically ill or if additional treatments might significantly benefit the foal, any extra costs will be discussed with the owner before implementation. 

For information or to arrange admission of a foal, contact Dr. Palmer at 610-444-5800 or jepalmer@vet.upenn.edu

For more information about New Bolton Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and services, visit our website: http://www.vet.upenn.edu/veterinary-hospitals/NBC-hospital/services/neonatal-intensive-care.

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 – 4,000 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.