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Clinical Studies-New Bolton Center


Penn Vet has a long-standing history of being a leader in the veterinary community through the development of new knowledge originating from our many basic and clinical research programs.

We see extraordinary opportunities for growth for veterinary practitioners, almost all of which are in response to real-world needs and demands. Working with livestock, and poultry, we strive to improve the overall health, productivity and well-being of these animal industries.

From the recreational and sport activities of the equine industry, to the increasing demands by consumers for safe and plentiful food, the faculty and staff at New Bolton Center serve these many needs through our interactions with professionals and the public at a regional, national and international level.

Teaching of our future veterinarians plays a large role in this department’s efforts at Penn Vet. Students rotate through the numerous areas at New Bolton Center, including the Hospital for Large Animals, Swine Unit, and Marshak Dairy. This experience provides invaluable clinical training in the diagnosis, control and treatment of infectious and non-infectious animal diseases.

While all veterinary students are required to spend a minimum of six weeks at New Bolton Center’s Hospital, most students take advantage of the abundant opportunities to learn from the large caseload and dedicated faculty by scheduling additional rotations beyond the requirement.

Dr. Ray Sweeney

Clinical Studies-NBC Co-Chairs

Many large animal-oriented fourth-year students can spend a great majority of their final year rotating through the clinical and academic specialties at New Bolton Center, working side by side with the faculty.

This level and depth of interaction has allowed these students to be very competitive when pursuing internships and residencies, as well as highly sought-after positions in private practice following graduation.

Clinical Sections


  • Field Service

    Equine Field Service

    Our services are provided by, or in consultation with, two boarded specialists on staff (boarded internist, boarded equine practitioner) as well as access to consultation with all of the in hospital specialists including our ophthalmologist, surgeons and theriogenologists.

    Food Animal Field Service

    The food animal ambulatory practice provides services in herd health and preventative herd health through sick animal management, diagnostic and clinical pathology, record analysis and protocol development. We also offer reproductive management services.

    Faculty & Staff

    Learn more about the William Boucher Field Service…

  • Imaging

    Imaging

    Offering a comprehensive selection of imaging modalities, the imaging group specializes in large animal cardiac and ultrasound examinations, radiographs, bone scans, CT, and MRI examinations.

    New Bolton Center Imaging Services comprise:

    • Cardiology Imaging
    • Computed Tomography (CT)
    • Equimagine Robotic Imaging
    • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
    • Nuclear Medicine
    • Radiology
    • Ultrasonography

    Faculty

    Residents

    • Dr. Kara Brown, VMD, Cardiology/Ultrasound Fellow
    • Dr. Emily Elser, DVM, Radiology Resident
    • Naomi Ford, DVM, Radiology Resident
    • Trevor Morimoto, DVM, Radiology Resident
    • Adam Schlax, VMD, Radiology Resident
    • Adam Yoskowitz, VMD, Radiology Resident
  • Large Animal Medicine & Ophthalmology

    Internal Medicine

    The Internal Medicine Service at New Bolton Center is comprised of specialists in large animal internal medicine who are recognized internationally for their expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of medical disorders of all large animal species, and for their research on large animal diseases.

    These specialists diagnose and treat animals with medical problems including neurologic, respiratory, gastrointestinal, muscular, infectious, hematologic, renal and endocrine disorders.  

    Ophthalmology

    The Ophthalmology Service at New Bolton Center provides complete ocular examination and diagnostics including slit lamp biomicroscopy, tonometry, ophthalmoscopy, ocular ultrasound, and electroretinography.

    The Ophthalmology Service treats eye conditions such as corneal ulcers, Equine Recurrent Uveitis, cataracts, and glaucoma. A full range of ocular surgery is offered for conditions including lid lacerations, deep corneal ulcers or perforations, periocular tumors, and cataracts.

    Pharmacology

    The Penn Vet Equine Pharmacology Laboratory, directed by Dr. Mary Robinson,  performs pharmacological and forensic research.  This research provides the information needed for performing evidence-based medicine in working horses, and for designing drug testing policies that promote the welfare of working horses.  Dr. Robinson is also the Acting Director of the Pennsylvania Equine Toxicology and Research Laboratory (PETRL), which is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s equine drug testing laboratory.

    Faculty


    Fellows

    Residents

    • Elizabeth Hodge, DVM
    • Daniela Luethy, DVM
    • Neil Mittelman, DVM

     

  • Population Medicine

    New Bolton’s Section of Population Medicine directly affects the lives of animals and humans alike and emulates the School’s mission of One Health.

    The section was established in 1986 (as Animal Production Systems) to implement teaching, research and service programs directed toward the improvement of health and productivity in food animal herds. These programs integrate expertise in disciplines such as clinical nutrition, reproduction, health economics and computer science in addition to conventional specialities in veterinary medicine. The focus of the Population Medicine group is the maintenance of physical and economic health in the whole animal population rather than clinical treatment of individual sick animals.

     Students learn to provide guidance on production efficiency, milk quality, reproductive efficiency and immunization programs for cattle.

    Contacts

    Jim Ferguson, VMD, MS, ACT, ACVN
    Chief, Section of Animal Production Systems
    Professor of Nutrition

    Phone: 610-444-5800
    Fax: 610-925-8100

    School of Veterinary Medicine
    University of Pennsylvania
    New Bolton Center
    382 West Street Rd
    Kennett Square, PA 19348

    Faculty & Staff

  • Reproduction

    Reproduction

    New Bolton Center's Clinical Section of Reproduction & Behavior provides comprehensive reproductive services for mares and stallions. Based at the Georgia and Philip Hofmann Research Center for Animal Reproduction, the section’s clinicians have extensive clinical experience enhanced by the latest in research and technology.

    The section provides a wide range of reproductive services, from natural breeding to advanced assisted reproductive techniques like embryo and oocyte transfer. Stallions are a specialty and the section has extensive experience in dealing with male fertility and behavior problems; its equine behavior service is considered one of the best in the world. The section’s faculty members are board certified by the American College of Theriogenologists.

    Behavior

    Our Equine Behavior Program and Laboratory at New Bolton Center has grown from within the Section of Reproductive Studies. Since the early 1980s, the program, has had research as its core activity. The program has included involvement in related clinical and teaching in the veterinary school and continuing education programs nationally and internationally.

    Faculty & Staff

  • Surgery

    The Section of Surgery encompasses faculty and staff dedicated to Anesthesia, Emergency & Critical Care, Large Animal Surgery, and Sports Medicine.

    Anesthesia

    Penn Vet’s academic veterinary hospitals were among the first to establish anesthesia as an independent specialty service and continue to have the some of the most experienced specialists in the world doing large animal anesthesia. New Bolton Center has the largest staff of board certified anesthesiologists and highly trained anesthesia technicians in the world specializing in large animals. Horses with major injuries can be recovered more safely from general anesthesia in our raft-swimming pool system, the only one of its kind in the world.


    Emergency & Critical Care

    Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center offers one of the nation’s few Emergency & Critical Care programs specifically dedicated to large animals. We have a team of dual board certified specialists trained in emergency/critical care, surgery and medicine that is available every hour of every day of the year and a nursing staff second to none.

    Large Animal Surgery

    Our surgeons are internationally recognized experts providing a complete array of sophisticated procedures including modern minimally invasive techniques such as arthroscopy, endoscopy, laparoscopy, laser and cryo-surgery.

    New Bolton Center’s surgical suite in the C. Mahlon Kline Orthopedic & Rehabilitation Center has state-of-the-art equipment for complex fracture repair, special air-handling capabilities to minimize surgical site contamination and a unique pool/raft recovery system. We have intraoperative computed tomography (CT scans) and fluoroscopy that allow the most accurate repair of even the most difficult fractures.

    Sports Medicine

    New Bolton Center is one of the world leaders in equine sports medicine. Our multidisciplinary team of board-certified internists, surgeons and sports medicine and rehabilitation specialists, in partnership with an internationally renowned farrier and specialized sports medicine and imaging technicians, evaluate and treat the equine athlete.

    Our Equine Performance Clinic specializes in:

    • Clinical evaluation of lameness
    • Rehabilitation of horses following an injury
    • Purchase examinations
    • Poor performance examinations

    We evaluate equine performance in the newly constructed Equine Performance Evaluation Facility, a state-of-the-art indoor facility. For comprehensive evaluation while a horse is exercising, we use both the Jeffords high-speed treadmill and over-ground dynamic endoscopy (miniaturized cameras/recorders attached to an endoscope that can evaluate a horse as it is being ridden).

    Both our Sports Medicine clinicians and surgeons benefit from state of the art imaging modalities (digital radiography, nuclear scintigraphy (bone scans), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), exceptional quality ultrasonography and computed tomography (CT).  We have introduced robotic CT done in standing horses. In addition to the exceptional and tireless clinical work our faculty perform on a daily basis, they conduct groundbreaking research in their individual fields.

    Faculty & Staff

    Anesthesia, Emergency & Critical Care

    Large Animal Surgery

    Sports Medicine

    Research Investigators

    Surgery Residents

    • Dr. Hannah Sophie Chapman
    • Dr. Alexandra Curtiss
    • Dr. Hope Douglas
    • Dr. Shannon Hinton
    • Dr. Ashley VanderBroek

    Interns

    • Dr. Alyssa Doering
    • Dr. Elizabeth Elzer
    • Dr. Angela Gaesser
    • Dr. Sarah Schale
    • Dr. Kelley Varner

Research Centers & Laboratories at New Bolton Center


  • ASMG Laboratory - Microbial Genomics

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    The Agricultural Systems and Microbial Genomics Laboratory (ASMG Laboratory) was established to support Dr. Dou and Dr. Pitta in their research endeavors.

    Dr. Pitta is the ruminant nutrition and microbiologist at the Center for Animal Health and Productivity (CAHP), New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania.

    Microbial Genomics

    Research in the Microbial Genomics section of the ASMG lab focuses primarily on the gut microbial composition of ruminants, utilizing both culture-based and advanced molecular methodologies. The alimentary tract of a ruminant is colonized by millions of microbes living in a symbiotic relationship with the host. Therefore, knowledge of the microbial composition of the entire gut can provide insights into improving the overall health and productivity of the animal.

    Microbiology Component

    new-bolton-center-asmg-lab-microbial-genomics 400The recent advent of next generation sequencers has greatly enhanced the ability to explore community microbial populations. The ASMG lab has the capabilities to perform metagenomic studies including sample preparation, genomic DNA extraction and generating 16S amplicon libraries for sequencing on next generation platforms. The sequenced data is analyzed at the ASMG laboratory utilizing the appropriate bioinformatics tools for data interpretation. The lab is in the process of streamlining the protocols for generating 18S libraries for protozoa and fungal communities.

     

    Read More About The ASMG Laboratory - Microbial Genomics
  • Center for Animal Health & Productivity (CAHP)

    Center for Animal Health & Productivity
    The Center for Animal Health and Productivity (CAHP) was established in 1986 to implement teaching, research and service programs directed toward the improvement of health and productivity in food animal herds and flocks.

    These programs involve an integrated approach making use of our expertise in clinical nutrition, reproduction, health economics, and computer science, in addition to conventional specialties in veterinary medicine.

    Our focus is the maintenance of physical and economic health in the whole animal population rather than clinical treatment of individual sick animals.

    Read More About The Center for Animal Health & Productivity (CAHP)
  • Equine Pharmacology Laboratory

    Dr. Mary Robinson, Equine Pharmacology

    Our Mission: The mission of the Equine Pharmacology Laboratory at New Bolton Center is to promote the welfare of the working horse and the integrity of sport through pharmacological and forensic research.

     

    Read More About The Equine Pharmacology Laboratory
  • Marshak Dairy

    Marshak Dairy, New Bolton CenterThe Marshak Dairy is named in honor of Robert Marshak, the ninth dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine whose support was instrumental in establishing the farm. Built in 1996, the greenhouse dairy was the first of its kind and was recognized as a dairy of distinction in 1998. The greenhouse design uses natural lighting and excellent ventilation within the barn to promote a healthy environment for the cows.

    The Marshak Dairy provides an easily accessible working dairy farm for research trials. In addition, the Dairy serves as a laboratory for teaching students on topics related to cow healthcare, preventive medicine, nutrition and food safety.

    Read More About The Marshak Dairy
  • Preclinical Service Core - Comparative Orthopedic Research Laboratory

    CORL surgery, Penn Vet

    In the current medtech landscape, investors, and ultimately payers (insurance companies, hospitals and patients), require medical innovation that provides value – reducing health care costs through better clinical outcomes and/or reduced procedure costs. This means product development decisions need to be thoughtful of 1) the overall cost for developing a product and its ultimate release, as well as, 2) the value it brings.

    Appropriately aligning your product development efforts, including your preclinical testing, can make your team more efficient and ultimately increase the likelihood of a successful product. For over a decade, we have taken time to listen to you and to understand the product development plan, intended market, and the value proposition for your investigational therapy or device. Our objective is to ask the right questions in order to choose a refined preclinical model with high translational fidelity. This approach has delivered answers in the context of the intended clinical indication of your technology. Together, we have successfully moved numerous new therapies to market; and we have failed, but failing at the preclinical stage is a whole lot better than later in clinical trials.

    The Preclinical Service Core at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) is focused on non-clinical and clinical (VICH-GL9) translation. Leveraging the multi-disciplinary specialties at Penn Vet, PRS & CORL provide a refined platform of successful translation using experimental and naturally-occurring disease models. We partner with pharmaceutical and medical-device companies, government agencies, and academic institutions to meet a broad range of R&D needs.

    Specialties: Preclinical study design and execution from proof-of-concept to pivotal trials compliant with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) Regulations, 21 CFR Part 58 and VICH-GL9. Bioskills training and prototype testing.

    Read More About The Preclinical Service Core - Comparative Orthopedic Research Laboratory
  • Reference Andrology Laboratory

    The Reference Andrology Laboratory provides complete testing of neat, cooled and frozen-thawed semen from mammalian and avian species. The primary purpose of these services is to aid practitioners in their differential diagnosis of individual/herd/flock reproductive problems.

    These services are also frequently used by practitioners and studs as a third-party quality control component in an ongoing stud auditing process.

    The laboratory strives to perform objective, validated techniques for assessing samples for the basic spermiogram parameters of sample volume, motility, morphology, and concentration. With advanced notification, we will also try to accommodate requests for supplemental assessment techniques on sperm subcellular structures. We also offer semen extender analysis and microbiological testing of the extended semen product and purified water used in extenders.

    Read More About The Reference Andrology Laboratory
  • Swine Teaching and Research Center
    Penn Vet's Swine facilityToday the US swine industry finds itself confronted with rapidly changing public opinion and policy on how gestating sows should be housed. Penn Vet is uniquely positioned to provide the industry with relevant scientific data collected from this living laboratory.
    Read More About The Swine Teaching and Research Center