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Penn Vet-Berkeley Study: New Therapy Holds Promise for Restoring Vision

beltran2Penn Vet’s William Beltran and Gustavo Aguirre are part of a team that restored light-sensing capabilities to the retinas of blind mice and dogs. Humans could one day benefit.

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215-898-4234

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610-925-6241

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  • Feathered Forecasters? Tiny Birds Knew Killer Tornadoes Were Coming
    www.nbcnews.com
    A new study of migrating birds adds to signs that animals may make better meteorologists than humans do.The latest evidence: A flock of birds flew away from ...
  • If it's cold outside for you, it's cold outside for your pets!

    Here are some cold-weather tips to help keep your pets warm and safe this winter:

    http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/press-releases/article/important-tips-to-keep-pets-safe-in-cold-weather


  • Penn Vet congratulates Matt McAndrew for a spectacular run on "The Voice!" You are such a talented performer- we know you have an amazing singing career ahead of you!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rrOkJ3la5M


    The Voice 2014 - Matt McAndrew: "Wasted Love" (Official Music Video)

    The official music video for Matt McAndrew's new single, "Wasted Love," is available now on iTunes. » Subscribe to The Voice: http://full.sc/HbIXEY » Get Mat...
  • See Psittacosaurus Run!

    Penn Vet's Dr. Peter Dodson advises graduate student Brandon Hedrick who is using statistics to show how dinosaurs looked, moved, and evolved.

    http://www.sas.upenn.edu/series/frontiers/see-psittacosaurus-run



  • Timeline Photos
    Penn Vet's New Bolton Center is recognizing the National Day of the Horse, December 13, by highlighting some of our most-famous patients. Barbaro is the most famous of all. Winner of the 2006 Kentucky Derby, this Thoroughbred colt shattered his right hind leg at the Preakness Stakes. He spent eight months at New Bolton Center under the care of renowned surgeon Dr. Dean Richardson, who performed multiple surgeries to repair three bones shattered into more than 20 fragments. The leg fractures healed, but Barbaro developed laminitis, which led to his death in 2007. To learn more about Barbaro: http://www.vet.upenn.edu/giving/how-to-give/barbaro-fund

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    Penn Vet's New Bolton Center is playing a vital role in Project Snowstorm, a collaborative effort to investigate and understand Snowy Owls that migrate down south from their native Arctic to the Northern and Mid-Atlantic states. Our veterinarians are conducting the necropsies and related medical testing on Snowy Owls that died during last year's "irruption" when hundreds of these birds came to the Lower 48. Read all about it in our December Penn Vet Extra story: http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/publications/penn-vet-extra/penn-vet-extra-december-2014/penn-vet-working-to-understand-snowy-owls

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    Penn Vet's New Bolton Center is recognizing the National Day of the Horse, December 13, by highlighting some of our most-famous patients. Pictured is our New Bolton Pioneer/Boone today! This colt was born at 9:22 p.m. on March 29, 2014, at New Bolton Center with the world watching via a Foal Cam – a live video feed on Penn Vet’s website. More than 170,000 people in 120 countries viewed the live broadcast from Feb. 14 to Apr. 2. The embryo was created using an advanced reproductive technique from human medicine, intrascytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), and transferred to our mare, My Special Girl. Learn all about Boone and Foal Cam: www.vet.upenn.edu/foalcam.
  • According to new research, dog owners ended up losing weight themselves after walking their dogs more to address their pets' health issues.

    Read the New York Times blog post: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/12/10/pet-weight-gain/?_r=2



  • Timeline Photos
    Penn Vet's New Bolton Center is recognizing the National Day of the Horse, December 13, by highlighting some of our most-famous patients. Pictured is Animal Kingdom. Just a few weeks after winning the 2011 Kentucky Derby and placing second in the Preakness, the chestnut colt came up lame after the Belmont Stakes. Chief of Surgery Dr. Dean Richardson inserted two screws to repair a fracture in his hock. The champion Thoroughbred went on to place second in the Breeder’s Cup, and then win the $10 million Dubai World Cup in 2013. To learn more about New Bolton Center's surgery service: http://www.vet.upenn.edu/veterinary-hospitals/NBC-hospital/services/surgery Photo by Pablo Alcala from the Lexington Herald-Leader.
  • Penn Vet alumna Dr. Francine Rattner gives some food for thought about finding the right place to board your cat: http://www.capitalgazette.com/lifestyle/pets/ph-ac-cn-vet-1209-20141209,0,7967628.story



  • Timeline Photos
    Penn Vet's New Bolton Center is recognizing the National Day of the Horse, December 13, by highlighting some of our most-famous patients. Pictured is Paynter. After undergoing abdominal surgery by Emergency and Critical Care specialist Dr. Louise Southwood in 2012, this dark bay Thoroughbred, who made his name by winning the William Hill Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park, continued his successful racing career. To learn more about New Bolton Center's Emergency and Critical Care service, go to: http://www.vet.upenn.edu/veterinary-hospitals/NBC-hospital/services/emergency-critical-care

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    Penn Vet's New Bolton Center is recognizing the National Day of the Horse, December 13, by highlighting some of our most-famous patients. Pictured is Neville Bardos. Trapped in a devastating barn fire, this Australian eventing Thoroughbred was treated at New Bolton Center for damage to his lungs and airway. He went on to be named to the U.S. Olympic 3-Day Event team in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/press-releases/article/penn-vet-s-new-bolton-center-recognizes-national-day-of-the-horse
  • Penn Vet's Drs. William Beltran and Gustavo Aguirre are part of a team that restored light-sensing capabilities to the retinas of blind mice and dogs. Humans could one day benefit.

    Read more about this exciting breakthrough: http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/press-releases/article/penn-vet-berkeley-study-new-therapy-holds-promise-for-restoring-vision


  • Dr. Cindy Otto writes about the Penn Vet Working Dog Center's Diabetic Alert Dog program in The Dogington Post. Check it out --


    Amazing Dogs: Sniffing For Diabetes
    www.dogingtonpost.com
    Written by Dr. Cindy Otto, DVM, PhD Requirements of a detection dog: fervent, keen, driven. Certain canine breeds have these natural instincts. And if t
  • Be sure to watch "The Voice" tonight as they air Matt McAndrew's hometown visit! And vote for Matt!

    They filmed Matt around Philadelphia, but when Matt stopped by the Ryan Hospital to surprise his mom, they BOTH were surprised by the huge crowd of Penn Vet supporters!

    "The Voice" airs tonight at 8:00 pm on NBC.

    http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/entertainment/television/voice-to-air-Philly-episode-tonight.html


    NBC's 'Voice' to air Matt McAndrew's Philly episode tonight
    www.philly.com
    "The Voice" powerhouse contestant, and Philly guy. Matt McAndrew will get his homecoming episode on tonight's episode.

  • Timeline Photos
    Penn Vet's New Bolton Center recognizes the National Day of the Horse, December 13, by highlighting some of our most famous and courageous equine patients, as well as the contribution of our veterinarians to equine surgical history. http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/press-releases/article/penn-vet-s-new-bolton-center-recognizes-national-day-of-the-horse The National Day of the Horse was designated by the US Senate “in recognition of the importance of horses to the security, economy, recreation, and heritage of the United States.” Pictured is Hardest Core, who underwent emergency abdominal surgery by our Dr. Louse Southwood, and went on to win the Arlington Million this year.

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    "I am ever thankful to her for helping a shy kid who had nothing to offer financially—just genuine interest and passion. As an adult, I realize that people like her are at risk of becoming endangered in this industry and I try to live up to her example by guiding kids who are interested in veterinary medicine." So many riders have THAT first instructor, the one whose voice echoes in their heads. Blogger Liz Arbittier recalls the woman who helped shape her life in today's Throwback Thursday post. CLICK: http://bit.ly/1yhYN4Y What are your memories of that special first trainer?
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    Penn Vet New Bolton Center

    Penn Vet's Last Food Mile Conference is underway! A unique conference investigating food loss and food waste in the U.S. supply chain is bringing together experts from a broad range of fields, including industry, agriculture, consumer, academic, and government. More than 200 people from around the country are attending. Kicking off the conference: Penn Vet Dean Joan Hendricks, Penn Provost Vincent Price, and Katherine Gajewski, Director, of Philadelphia Mayor Nutter's Office of Sustainability. #LastFoodMile2014, #SaveFoodStopWaste, http://www.vet.upenn.edu/research/news-events-conferences/last-food-mile-conference
  • Some of our first-year students are taking a study break to toss a football around in the Old Vet courtyard!


  • Here are eight of the scariest diseases plaguing the animal kingdom today: http://time.com/3617030/animal-plagues/


    8 Animal Plagues Wreaking Havoc Right Now
    time.com
    The scariest diseases plaguing the animal kingdom

  • "The Voice" Visits Penn Vet

  • "The Voice" Visits Penn Vet
  • "The Voice" stopped by Penn Vet today filming contestant Matt McAndrew's hometown visit!

    Matt's mom works at Ryan Hospital and he stopped by to surprise her. Then they were BOTH surprised by an enthusiastic crowd of Penn Vet students, staff, faculty and clinicians. Matt and his mom were so touched by this overwhelming show of support.

    Watch Matt's hometown visit this Monday on NBC!


    "The Voice" Visits Penn Vet
    "The Voice" stopped by Penn Vet today filming contestant Matt McAndrew's hometown visit! Matt's mom works at Ryan Hospital and he stopped by to surprise her. Then they were BOTH surprised by an enthusiastic crowd of Penn Vet students, staff, faculty and clinicians. Matt and his mom were so touched by this overwhelming show of support. Watch Matt's hometown visit this Monday on NBC!
  • What do veterinarians have to do with food waste?

    Penn Vet is hosting the Last Food Mile Conference, bringing together experts from the food and restaurant industry, the federal government, and the nonprofit sector, to bring light to the scope of the problem and discuss work that is being done to reduce food waste and recover unused food, routing it to higher uses, including feeding people suffering from hunger.

    http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2014-11-20/latest-news/penn-vet-conference-devoted-reducing-food-waste


    Penn Vet conference devoted to reducing food waste
    www.upenn.edu
    In some of Penn’s dining halls, the food is all-you-can-eat. It’s almost too easy for diners to have eyes bigger than their stomachs, piling on any dish that looks appealing, then tossing the leftovers away at the end of their meal.
  • Does your dog know what you're saying to it? A recent study seems to show they do!

    Dogs can distinguish between words with meaning and sounds without meaning, according to a study of 250 dogs published in the journal Current Biology.

    Listen to the story: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/11/28/367092004/how-dogs-understand-what-we-say



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    Please join us tomorrow, Tuesday, December 2, at 6:30 pm, for the Free First Tuesday Lecture at New Bolton Center. Dr. Eric Parente will discuss new breakthroughs in large-animal imaging, including CT scans. http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/press-releases/article/new-bolton-center-first-tuesday-lecture-to-feature-dr.-eric-parente-discussing-breakthroughs-in-imaging-for-surgery
  • Veterinarian Julie Gauthier is raising the Beltsville Small White Turkey, a popular Thanksgiving dinner choice in the 1940s and 1950s. Due to it's slender size it is now a rare breed.

    Read about her conservations efforts: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/11/16/4328224/wake-forest-farm-is-conserving.html?rh=1


  • With all your travel plans and cooking for Thanksgiving, don't forget about your pets' welfare this holiday. Here are some tips to keep them safe!

    http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/press-releases/article/thanksgiving-tips


  • Thank you to @NIPCO1 for spending time with us at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center!
  • Penn Vet provides some cold-weather tips to help keep your pets warm and safe this winter: http://t.co/v3eMKw5yCL
  • RT @NIPCO1: Bretagne at the Working Dog Center @pennvet getting ready for her close up. http://t.co/Ro10ItYTXs
  • RT @NIPCO1: Thx to Dr. Cindy Otto and those at the Working Dog Center @pennvet for filming with NIPCO on diabetes detection dogs http://t.c…
  • Dr. Peter Dodson advises grad student Brandon Hedrick who is using statistics to show how dinosaurs looked and moved: http://t.co/xhrVrNUGP3

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