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      Squeezed Heart

      The bright Thoroughbred filly with the intriguing name Five Smooth Stones is ready to start her gate work at Fair Hill. With a broad muscular chest, standing just over 15 hands at two years old, this beauty with a wide blaze is perfectly suited for a career on the racetrack.

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      Lilly’s Courageous Journey Inspires a Commitment to Penn Vet

      My interest in animals with special needs began with Columbus, a blind cat I adopted in 2000. At first I felt sorry for Columbus, but soon I realized that animals don’t feel sorry for themselves and don’t know they have limitations. Columbus was intrepid and more fearless than my cats with sight. He taught me about determination and perseverance, and brought love to everyone who had the honor of knowing him.

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      Change in Plans

      Fourth year student Sridhar Veluvolu, V’18, entered Penn Vet wanting to be a general practitioner. He’s leaving the School with a different plan.  

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      Hooked on Birds

      Linnea Tracy, V’19, believes birds are veterinary medicine’s next frontier, and she wants to help chart the way. Driven by a profound love of animals and interest in the intersections among human and animal health, agriculture and public health, Tracy has begun the journey at Penn Vet.

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      Midge Leitch, V’73, a True Pioneering Spirit

      Dr. Midge Leitch, V’73, embodied the true pioneering spirit of many female veterinarians entering the profession at a time when it was still dominated by men.

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      Turtle Secrets

      The precise moment of death, 65 million years ago, is captured in stone. The head and the legs are tucked under the shell, just as a threatened turtle would do today. Nearly intact, the fossil is exceedingly rare.

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      The Nose Knows: Sniffing Out Cancer at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center

      It’s so quiet you could hear a pin drop. The only sound is that of a Springer Spaniel methodically sniffing twelve ports on a stainless steel wheel. Suddenly he stops and sits.

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      Cloudy to Clear: Cataract Surgery Gives Diabetic Puppy New Sight

      Like many puppies, Tucker loves a good chase. But the 9-month-old chocolate Labrador wasn’t always able to see a squirrel dart across his path or a ball thrown in his direction. Until recently, cataracts caused by juvenile onset diabetes limited the puppy’s vision in both eyes.

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      Spirited Chevy Keeps Her Sight

      Thoroughbred mare Set Chivalry, known to all who love her as Chevy, is a large personality. “She’s so smart and has such a spicy attitude,” said owner Susan Lax of the 21-year-old retired dressage horse. “She’s just really the apple of my eye and so exhilarating to ride. I have had her since she was four, and she is a member of our family. I would do whatever is necessary to keep her healthy.”

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      Itchy Izzu

      At age seven, Izzu had already been an itchy dog for a few years. His chronic skin disease had been treated with antibiotics, antifungals, and steroids. He was frequently bathed with an anti-microbial shampoo. He was even placed on multiple diet trials to determine if he suffered from a food allergy.

       

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      Foal Meets World – Tackling a True Equine Emergency

      It’s been 11 months in the making. Your mare has been carefully bred, appropriately vaccinated, and closely monitored. As her due date approaches, anticipation of the new arrival begins to soar, with a twinge of anxiousness closing in.

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      Dingus Revisited - Comprehensive Cancer Care at Ryan Hospital

      Dingus, a 17-year-old cat, was already being treated at Ryan Hospital for small cell gastrointestinal (GI) lymphoma. Diagnosed in November 2016, he had responded well to medication, but through the following summer Dingus was slowly losing weight. He came back to Ryan for an examination where an abdominal ultrasound showed his intestinal tract was normal, but revealed something else.

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      Tough Girl Genes

      Dr. Mike Chovanes’s phone rang, piercing through the quiet morning. It was 6:15 am. The 1980 Penn Vet alumnus answered, his stomach twisting at the news trickling from the other end of the line. His homebred two-year-old Thoroughbred filly, Bucks Some, was down and unable to rise, trapped in her stall.

    • Rocky's Story, Penn Vet
      Rocky's Jaw

      When Rocky, was only one year old, he got into a scuffle with a colt and was kicked in the head. When taken to the local vet, he was diagnosed with a dislocated jaw and it was reset. But as the days passed, it was clear something else was wrong.

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      Blue, Our Amazing Aussie

      No words can describe the horror my wife and I felt when our beautiful, healthy, athletic Australian Shepherd, Blue (a once-in-a-lifetime dog) collapsed just before Labor Day 2016. He nearly died three times that afternoon and evening, and it was only through the amazing skill of multiple vets and techs at our family vet and the emergency hospital that he lived to see another day.

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      Athena's Armor

      Michael Crisp is used to taking in strays. For years, he and his family have fed cats living on the street, given them new homes, and provided them with medical care at the vet. Most of his rescues have just needed a meal and a basic checkup—but one kitten, who he quickly named Athena, seemed different.

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      An Affair of the Heart

      It had been several weeks since Tiffany, a seven-year-old Percheron draft horse mare, had been able to go back to work. A wheel horse for a six-horse-hitch driving team, Tiffany helps to move a three-and-a-half-ton hitch wagon in tandem with her teammates – a job that takes a lot of strength and stamina. But a previous surgery from January had left the mare on stall rest until she was able to be returned to work.

    • Brett Cooper, v'18, Penn Vet
      In Memoriam: Brett Cooper V 18

      Brett Matthew Cooper, beloved son, brother and friend, passed away on September 13, 2017, taken too soon at the age of 30. He had an infectious smile, was quick to make friends, free with a laugh and an "I love you." His compassion knew no bounds. And he had the biggest heart.

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      Helping Owners and Their Pets in Times of Crisis

      A proud member of the class of V’94, Dr. Kenton Rexford is a lifelong Pennsylvanian and a Penn State graduate. As a founding partner with the Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center, a practice he first joined in 1998, Kenton leads the emergency team, helping owners and their pets in times of crisis.

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      New Bolton Center Pigs Star in International Competition

      The giant sows came up close, curious, some poking their snouts through the railings, as the eight elementary school students walked down the aisle, making their way through the enclosed barn.