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Clinical Sciences & Advanced Medicine


The Department of Clinical Sciences & Advanced Medicine plays a vital role in Penn Vet's three-part mission to educate veterinarians and the public about animal health, provide service to the public by treating sick pets and other small animals, and develop new approaches through research to improve companion animal health.

Teaching

Fourth-year students rotate through busy clinics staffed by Board-certified specialists in internal medicine, surgery, dermatology, special species, critical care, anesthesia, dentistry, radiology, neurology, cardiology, and oncology. The department also trains graduate veterinarians to become specialists and provides continuing education to veterinarians and the public through programs, seminars, and publications.

Service

The Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital is staffed by department faculty and staff, who see more than 31,000 patient visits each year, including more than 13,000 through the Emergency Service. The Ryan Veterinary Hospital is an established world leader in programs such as oncology, critical care, internal medicine and surgery. Many veterinary specialties now practiced internationally were initiated at Penn Vet. Innovative new programs for treating companion animal patients at the hospital include kidney transplant, a special-species program, animal behavior and nutrition. In addition, the hospital has the world's only animal bloodmobile. The interdisciplinary Center for the Interaction of Animals and Society, which studies the social, behavioral, and cultural interactions between animals and humans, is also based in the department.

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Oliver Garden, Penn Vet

Oliver Garden, BVetMed, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM

Clinical Sections

  • Cardiology

    Cardiology at Penn Vet's Ryan Veterinary Hospital was established in 1958 and is considered the birthplace of specialty veterinary medicine. Today, the service continues this tradition by offering state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services aimed at improving the health and well-being of animal companions. Read more about Cardiology...

  • Dermatology & Allergy

    The Section of Dermatology and Allergy evaluates pet animals for all types of skin, ear canal, hair and nail (claw) disorders. Small-animal patients are seen by appointment at Penn Vet's Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia.  Large-animal patients are seen by appointment at the Widener Hospital at New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, PA. Read more about Dermatology & Allergy...

  • Emergency Service | Critical Care

    The section of Emergency Service | Critical Care comprises:

    • Emergency Service 
    • Critical Care-Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

    The Emergency Service | Critical Care function as advanced trauma/emergency and intensive care treatment and diagnostic centers, akin to their counterparts in human hospitals. Emergency Service | Critical Care is staffed by clinicians who are board-certified in the field of emergency and critical care, specialty trained and certified technicians, as well as residents and interns seeking advanced training following graduation from veterinary school. Read more about Emergency Service| Critical Care...

  • Internal Medicine

    The section of Internal Medicine at Penn Vet's Philadelphia campus comprises:

    • Internal Medicine Service
    • Clinical Nutrition

    The Internal Medicine Service diagnoses and treats serious and chronic health problems in dogs and cats that are referred to specialists in endocrinology, gastroenterology, infectious disease, nutrition and urology—from both within and outside the Hospital. Learn more about Internal Medicine...

    Penn Vet is one of only a handful of veterinary schools in North America with a board-certified small animal clinical nutrition specialist. We assist clinicians, veterinary students and nurses in assessing nutritional needs of our patients. Learn more about Clinical Nutrition...

  • Neurology & Neurosurgery

    The mission of the section of Neurology & Neurosurgery is the diagnosis and management of naturally occurring neurological disorders in animals. Our Neurology clinicians will diagnose and provide treatment protocols for multiple neurological disorders. Learn more about Neurology...

    Our companion animal neurosurgeons are committed to advancing neurosurgery to enhance the efficacy and scope of our discipline, and provide the best quality of life for our patients. Learn more about Neurosurgery...

  • Oncology

    Led by a team of veterinarians specialized in the field of cancer medicine, the Oncology Service provides care to cats and dogs with cancer. In collaboration with other services in the hospital we offer a team-based approach to cancer therapy for your pet. We utilize conventional treatment modalities such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy as well as investigational new treatments through clinical trials when applicable and available.  Learn more about Oncology...

  • Ophthalmology

    The Ophthalmology Service deals with the diagnosis and treatment of ocular diseases in animals. We offer a large spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic options, including retinal testing and cataract surgery. Learn more about Ophthalmology...

  • Pediatrics, Genetics & Reproduction
    Founded in 1970, the section of Pediatrics, Genetics & Reproduction is dedicated to pursuing clinical and laboratory research on hereditary diseases of companion animals. Learn more about Pediatrics, Genetics & Reproduction...
  • Primary Care Education

    The section of Primary Care Education at Penn Vet comprises:

    Behavior Medicine Ryan Hospital is dedicated to helping pets and their owners live together comfortably and safely. Learn more about Behavior Medicine...

    The interactions and relationships between humans and animals has long been an area of great interest. Penn Vet's Center for the Interaction of Animals and Society strives to promote understanding of human-animal interactions across a wide range of contexts. Learn more about the Center for the Interaction of Animals and Society...

    Beginning in May 2013, the School of Veterinary Medicine began offering a rotation to include primary care services.  This rotation serves as a core curriculum requirement for all small and mixed animal majors and is offered as an elective for all other majors. 

    Exotic companion animal patients seen at the Ryan Veterinary Hospital include pet birds, small mammals and reptiles. Healthy visits and referrals are welcome. The service includes the only ABVP-Avian boarded veterinarian in Philadelphia. Read more about Exotic Animal Medicine...

    The Penn Vet Shelter Animal Medicine (SAM) program was established in 2006 and serves a diverse urban community with a variety of open intake and limited admission shelters in the Philadelphia area. Penn Vet delivers consultative, educational, and veterinary support to local shelters, making an impact on how many homeless animals are given quality care and placed into permanent homes.

  • Radiology

    The section of Radiology at Penn Vet's Philadelphia campus comprises:

    • Radiology
    • Radiation Oncology

    Penn Vet's Radiology clinicians feature specialty expertise, providing the clinical imaging and radiation therapy needed for patients of Ryan Hospital. Our capabilities include digital radiography, fluoroscopy, ultrasonography, 16-slice helical computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Learn more about Radiology...

    Radiation Oncology at Penn Vet's Ryan Hospital offers state-of-the-art technology and treatment options. Our clinicians work in collaborative teams with oncologists and radiologists at Ryan Hospital. Learn more about Radiation Oncology...

     

  • Surgery

    The Surgery section at Ryan Hospital comprises board-certified specialists experienced in numerous surgical techniques, and some of the most advanced equipment available for veterinary surgery. We believe in a collaborative treatment approach, including other specialists at Penn Vet such as anesthesiologists, radiologists, and a fully board-certified nursing/technician staff.

    • Anesthesia: Anesthesia clinicians collaborate with numerous clinical services at Penn Vet, including Emergency/Critical Care, Dentistry & Oral Surgery, Neurology, Oncology, Radiology, and Surgery. Learn more about Anesthesia...
    • Dentistry & Oral Surgery: Dentistry & Oral Surgery at Penn Vet provides a full range of procedures for the diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases in dogs, cats and various special species. Learn more about Dentistry & Oral Surgery...
    • Interventional Radiology: Interventional radiology (IR) involves the use of fluoroscopy to gain access to different structures in order to deliver materials for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Learn more about Interventional Radiology...
    • Minimally Invasive Surgery: Penn Vet offers the region's most experienced minimally invasive surgeons who have performed more minimally invasive procedures than many other hospital teams in the nation. Learn more about Minimally Invasive Surgery...
    • Orthopedic Surgery: Penn Vet's Orthopedic Surgery Service at Ryan Hospital is a progressive, dynamic service that offers  cutting-edge treatment for a variety of orthopedic conditions.The service  performs the latest surgical treatments for joint conditions of the elbow, shoulders, hips and knees.
    • Renal Transplantation Service: The Feline Renal Transplantation Program at Penn Vet was launched in 1998 by Dr. Lillian R. Aronson, VMD, DACVS, Associate Professor of Small Animal Surgery. Learn more about Renal Transplantation Service...
    • Soft Tissue Surgery: The Soft Tissue Surgery service at the University of Pennsylvania specializes in treating dogs and cats that require surgery to treat conditions involving the cardiothoracic, gastrointestinal, respiratory and urogenital systems as well as disorders involving the ear, nose and throat. Learn more about Soft Tissue Surgery...
  • Veterinary Nursing
    Clinical Services offered at Ryan Veterinary Hospital are augmented by an elite team of veterinary technicians. Each department offers its technicians the opportunity to specialize their skills in an area of veterinary medicine. Specializations are available in Anesthesia, Cardiology, Dentistry & Oral Surgery, Emergency Service, General Nursing, Intensive Care, Internal Medicine, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Radiology/Diagnostic Imaging, Renal Transplantation, and Special Species. In 1975, Penn Vet created an alliance with Harcum College that would support both education and the growth of the veterinary technician field. Learn more about Veterinary Nursing...

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