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If you are a member of the media, this section is for you. Here, you'll find the resources you need to help you get the job done, including faculty and clinician facts and contacts, fact sheets about Penn Vet, photography, videography, and more.

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  • Avian Influenza

    Avian influenza,a respiratory disease that affects many birds, including poultry, has been detected in the United States.

    Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) recently has been detected in commercial poultry, backyard poultry flocks, and wild birds in several states.

    No human infections have yet been reported in relation to this latest outbreak. Generally, human infections with avian influenza viruses are rare, and most often occur after people are in direct or close contact with an infected bird. Biosecurity is key in protecting flocks.


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Members of the media should contact:

Ashley Berke
Director of Communications
berke@vet.upenn.edu
215-898-1475

John Donges
Communications Coordinator
jdonges@vet.upenn.edu
215-898-4234

Louisa Shepard
Communications Specialist for New Bolton Center
lshepard@vet.upenn.edu
610-925-6241

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  • Dr. Gus Aguirre, professor of ophthalmology, visited the Penn Vet Working Dog Center Wednesday to give eye exams to all the training dogs. Here, Center director Dr. Cindy Otto restrains fFoster while Dr. Aguirre conducts the exam.

    The exams are given as part of the 8th annual National Service Dog Eye Exam event sponsored by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) and StokesRx. As a way to serve dogs that dedicate their lives to serving us, these exams are free to registered service dogs across the United States and Canada.


  • Penn Vet is currently recruiting dogs for a clinical trial studying the effect of duration of red blood cell storage on transfusion-associated inflammation in dogs with primary immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA) and immune-mediated thrombocytopenia (IMT).

    Learn more about the trial here: http://www.vet.upenn.edu/research/clinical-trials/penn-vet-clinical-trials/clinical-trial/effect-of-duration-of-red-blood-cell-storage-on-transfusion-associated-inflammation-in-dogs-with-imha-and-imt


  • Congratulations to Dr. Olena Jacenko for earning the University's prestigious Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching!

    Learn more about Dr. Jacenko and the Linback Award: http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/press-releases/article/penn-vets-olena-jacenko-earns-lindback-award


  • Animals, humans, and the environment constantly interact in health and disease. At Penn Vet, we are driven by the perspective of One Health, approaching medicine with a global perspective such that all species benefit.

    We invite you to watch our video to learn more about the integral role of veterinarians in One Health, through the lens of three incredible projects at Penn Vet.

    Watch the video here: http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/what-we-do/future-of-veterinary-medicine


  • Penn Vet's Dr. Phillip Scott is developing new treatments for the neglected tropical disease Leishmaniasis.

    Learn more: http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-05-21/latest-news/penn-researcher-developing-new-treatments-neglected-tropical-disease


  • The Philadelphia Inquirer features a terrific story about foal sitting at New Bolton Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.


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    The Philadelphia Inquirer features a terrific story about foal sitting at New Bolton Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. http://www.philly.com/inquirer/magazine/20150520_Foal-sitting__Exhausting__exhilarating.html — at Penn Vet New Bolton Center.

  • Please read about Bethany, a Mammoth Jenny, who came to New Bolton Center unable to stand. Our surgeons successfully performed a tenotomy of the deep digital flexor tendons on both hind legs of this donkey, something that has been shown to help in severe cases of laminitis in horses, specifically those with bones that are rotating.


    Penn Vet | New Bolton Post - New Bolton Post - Spring 2015: Giant Donkey With Laminitis Saved by...
    www.vet.upenn.edu
    New Bolton Center publishes a quarterly online newsletter that provides news about the campus, clinicians, and research breakthroughs.
  • Congratulations to the Class of 2015!

    Our new grads enjoyed a great day yesterday at commencement, with a wonderful address by Dr. Tracey S. McNamara. So sad to see them go, but they're off to bright futures!


  • Congratulations to American Pharoah, winner of the 140th running of the Preakness Stakes!


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    Congratulations to American Pharoah, winner of the 140th running of the Preakness Stakes! The 2015 Kentucky Derby winner won by 7 lengths on a sloppy track today at Pimlico, giving him the chance for horse racing's first Triple Crown since 1978. American Pharoah is owned by Ahmed Zayat, of Zayat Stables LLC in Hackensack, NJ, trained by Bob Baffert, and ridden by Victor Espinoza. (Photo by Peter Casey, USA Today Sports)
  • OC Raw Dog Recalls Turkey & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulation Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

    OC Raw Dog of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA is voluntarily recalling 2055 lbs. of Turkey & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulation, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. An organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

    http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm447095.htm


    OC Raw Dog Recalls Turkey & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulation Because of Possible Salmonella...
    www.fda.gov
    OC Raw Dog of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA is voluntarily recalling 2055 lbs. of Turkey & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulation, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. An organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly peopl…
  • Nominate your favorite veterinarian!

    America's Favorite Veterinarian is your chance to honor and thank the true superstar in your pet's life. Celebrate the person that cares for your pets and is dedicated to making a difference in lives of animals and people that love them the most.

    http://www.americasfavoriteveterinarian.org/


    America's Favorite Veterinarian - America's Favorite Veterinarian
    www.americasfavoriteveterinarian.org
    America's Favorite Veterinarian honors and recognizes those entrusted to preserve and protect the health and well-being of our animals. The contest celebrates the special relationships pet owners share with their veterinarians. The AVMF is honored to provide an opportunity for animal lovers to spot…
  • Roy and Gretchen Jackson discuss their promising racehorse Divining Rod, entered to run in the Preakness on Saturday, as well as their memories of Barbaro, in this Philadelphia Inquirer story.

    http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/horse_racing/20150512_Divining_Rod_returns_Babaro_s_owners_to_Preakness.html


    Divining Rod returns Barbaro's owners to Preakness
    www.philly.com
    They share your memories. Roy and Gretchen Jackson do - but they have so many more of their own. The Jacksons remember every minute of Preakness day, 2006. It was their horse, Barbaro, who broke down shortly after leaving the starting gate, two weeks after Barbaro had romped in the Kentucky Derby.
  • Penn Vet's Shelter Animal Medicine program partners with the Humane Society's Pets for Life program to help Philadelphians in underserved neighborhoods receive information and resources to keep their pets healthy at home.

    Read about this collaboration: http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/penn-vet-stories/penn-vet-story/helping-pets-helping-people


  • The avian influenza outbreak in the Midwest has now spread into a Nebraska flock.

    Dr. Sherrill Davison, Associate Professor of Avian Medicine and Pathology at New Bolton Center, writes about the latest avian influenza outbreak and how Pennsylvania is preparing, should the virus be detected in the Atlantic flyway.

    Read the Penn Vet White Paper online: http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/penn-vet-stories/penn-vet-story/avian-influenza


    First Nebraska Cases of Bird Flu Confirmed in Flock of 1.7 Million Chickens
    www.nbcnews.com
    OMAHA, Neb. — The ongoing bird flu outbreak has spread into Nebraska, and officials said Tuesday they plan to kill 1.7 million chickens on a farm where the d...
  • Only 49 more "Likes" before Penn Vet hits 10,000! Tell your Friends! The person who is our 10,000th Like will get a free gift from us! www.facebook.com/PennVetSchool.


  • Penn Vet wishes a very happy Mother's Day to all our moms, the four-footed as well as human!


  • Is doggy day care right for your dog?

    Dr. Carlo Siracusa, director of behavior medicine at Ryan Hospital, says it depends on your dog. Find out more...

    http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/life/2015/05/06/doggy-day-care-right-pooch/70886178/


    Is doggy day care right for your pooch?
    www.courierpostonline.com
    Does your dog need doggy daycare? There is a lot to consider to find the right fit.
  • Check out this video of the semi-feral pony herd taking a swim at New Bolton Center!




    The spring is finally heating up here at New Bolton Center! Our semi-feral pony herd loves to take a swim in the pond on these warm, sunny days. Learn more about Dr. Sue McDonnell and the pony herd she founded to study natural horse behavior. http://www.vet.upenn.edu/veterinary-hospitals/NBC-hospital/services/behavior-clinic
  • Wow! Penn Vet's Facebook page needs only 97 more "Likes" to hit 10,000! Tell your Friends! The person who is our 10,000th Like will get a free gift from us! www.facebook.com/PennVetSchool.


  • The Million Dollar Bike Ride is tomorrow, May 9! Please consider donating to raise funds for Niemann Pick Type C Research!

    The Center for Orphan Disease Research and Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania and Rare Disease Cycling are proud to announce The Million Dollar Bike Ride 2015.

    At Penn Vet, we have been working to find better treatments for Niemann Pick Type C. With our collaborators, we have never been closer to finding a cure for this disease. Please help!

    http://givingpages.upenn.edu/TeamNPCVite1


    Million Dollar Bike Ride: Raising Money for Rare Disease Research
    socialfundraising.apps.upenn.edu
    Raising money to support new treatments for Niemann Pick type C disease
  • Will Thanksgiving survive this year's avian influenza outbreak?

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/05/us-health-birdflu-turkeys-insight-idUSKBN0NQ09T20150505


    Bird flu may take bite out of Thanksgiving's turkey supply
    www.reuters.com
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - The largest-ever U.S. outbreak of avian influenza, which has devastated Midwestern poultry and egg producers in recent weeks, could be felt at Thanksgiving tables across the nation
  • Is your house cat only domestic when it wants to be?

    Scientists say there is little that separates the average house cat from its wild brethren. There’s some debate over whether cats even fit the definition of domesticated as it is commonly used.

    Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-are-cats-domesticated-180955111/


  • Looking for an opportunity to hear about Working Dog Center research and the development of our program? Join Dr. Otto, WDC Graduate "Jake", and trainer Donna Magness tomorrow evening at this very special Hadley Memorial Fund presentation!


    Penn Vet Working Dog Center – Detection Dogs | The Hadley Memorial Fund
    www.hadleyfund.org
    Established in 2007, the Penn Vet Working Dog Center, is part of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine and serves as a national research and development center for detection dogs. With the United States national security under constant threat from attacks, detection dogs are…
  • Please read the New Bolton Post profile on Dr. Barbara Dallap Schaer, New Bolton Center's new Medical Director.


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    Dr. Barbara Dallap Schaer, the new Medical Director of New Bolton Center, brings the art of multi-tasking to a new level. For her, managing many challenges simultaneously, and successfully, is a signature characteristic. A board-certified surgeon, specializing in colic, a board-certified emergency and critical care clinician, drawn to the most-difficult cases, and a professor, sought-after as a mentor, Dallap Schaer has devoted her entire veterinary career to New Bolton Center. Learn more about her in this New Bolton Post profile: http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/publications/new-bolton-post/new-bolton-post-spring-2015/barbara-dallap-schaer
  • Dr. Mary Bryant has been named Penn Vet's new Executive Director of the Office of Students. Welcome, Dr. Bryant!

    http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/press-releases/article/dr-mary-bryant-named-penn-vets-executive-director-of-the-office-of-students


  • Ride to raise funding for Niemann Pick Type C Research on May 9, 2015!

    The Center for Orphan Disease Research and Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania and Rare Disease Cycling are proud to announce The Million Dollar Bike Ride 2015.

    At Penn Vet, we have been working to find better treatments for Niemann Pick Type C. With our collaborators, we have never been closer to finding a cure for this disease. Please help!

    http://givingpages.upenn.edu/TeamNPCVite1


    Million Dollar Bike Ride: Raising Money for Rare Disease Research
    socialfundraising.apps.upenn.edu
    Raising money to support new treatments for Niemann Pick type C disease
  • If you're looking for some family fun this weekend, today is the day to #GetNerdyPHL at the @PhilaScienceFest’s Carnival on the Parkway! Stop by the Penn Vet booth to meet the VETPETS therapy dogs and mend hurt stuffed animals in the MASH tent!

    For more information about the Carnival, visit: http://www.philasciencefestival.org/carnival


  • Penn Vet's Dr. Phillip Scott is developing new treatments for the neglected tropical disease Leishmaniasis: http://t.co/Ia8aJc7AQU
  • OC Raw Dog Recalls Turkey & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulation Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk: http://t.co/Fr90zFSoRI
  • Nominate that special veterinarian in your pet's life for America's Favorite Veterinarian! http://t.co/dmvTaRAYL7
  • Penn Vet's Shelter Animal Medicine program partners with Humane Society Pets for Life program to help Philadelphians http://t.co/zv8vRj4i39
  • Dr. Mary Bryant has been named Penn Vet's new Executive Director of the Office of Students. Welcome, Dr. Bryant! http://t.co/nUZ5hWNKth

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