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New Bolton Center Campus

Hospital Facilities


Penn Vet’s New Bolton Campus, which opened in 1952, is located on 700 acres in pastoral Chester County, and offers some of the finest veterinary services for horses, cattle, camelids, pigs, goats, sheep and other large animals available anywhere in the country.

Most notably, New Bolton Center’s Hospital for Large Animals, which opened in 1964, provides a standard of care that is internationally renowned. With a long history of excellence, it enjoys one of the largest caseloads of any academic large animal hospital in the country. The hospital provides inpatient and outpatient services, accommodating more than 4,900 patient visits each year. 

New Bolton Center Facilities

  • C. Mahlon Kline Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Center

    Named in memory of C. Mahlon Kline, the building was erected in 1975 through the generosity of his family and the C. Mahlon Kline Foundation. 

    The building is home to an orthopedic surgical suite which includes a unique pool recovery system.  Dr. Jacques Jenny, considered the father of large-animal orthopedic surgery, envisioned a system where horses could emerge from anesthesia without injury. To that end, the CMK operating room at New Bolton Center’s Hospital is equipped with a monorail that runs from the operating room to the recovery pool.

    Our pool-recovery system allows the disoriented animal to awaken suspended in a specially engineered harness and rubber raft. This recovery technique allows the patient to reach near full consciousness in the warm water, significantly reducing the risk of re-injuring the damaged limb. Once awake, the horse is hoisted from the raft and moved to the recovery stall where he can stand at once.

    The Comparative Orthopedic Research Lab (CORL) is also located in the building.

    New Bolton Center, hospital
  • The Connelly Intensive Care Unit

    The Connelly Intensive Care Unit for adult patients is equipped with a specially designed sling and monorail system that moves non-ambulatory patients in and out of the ICU. The climate-controlled building includes scales in the floor that allow for monitoring patient weight gain and loss, vital for regulating fluid balance in critically ill patients. All stalls in both the adult and neonatal wings are equipped with oxygen, medical air and suction lines to treat intensive care patients.

  • Equine Performance Evaluation Facility

    Care of the equine athlete demands specialized facilities in which to evaluate performance, diagnose subtle lameness and detect musculoskeletal problems using sophisticated equipment in conjunction with our clinicians’ highly developed observational powers.

    The new Equine Performance and Evaluation Facility (EPEF), an enclosed arena, provides a comfortable, indoor setting in which to conduct lameness examinations, performance diagnostics and other critical tests in a safe, clement environment conducive to accurate and reliable assessments of a horse’s mobility.

    The EPEF provides superior footing, optimal lighting and a dedicated space protected from the elements. This facility is a real advantage to the entire treatment team: clinicians, clients, students and of course, our patients.

    New Bolton Center, Equine Performance Evaluation Facility
  • Graham French Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

    The hospital's Graham French Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is designed to accommodate the special needs of critically ill neonatal patients.

    Standard equipment includes:

    • ECGs
    • Blood pressure monitors
    • Intravenous infusion pumps
    • Hot air blankets, which aid in the delivery of intensive care

    Additional NICU enhanced features:

    • Each stall is equipped with oxygen and other medical gas outlets.
    • Ventilators are available to offer support for patients with respiratory failure.
    • Specially designed stalls allow mares to have contact with their foals without disrupting the neonate's medical care.

    NICU Contact

    Jonathan E Palmer, VMD, DACVIM-LA
    Chief, Neonatal Intensive Care Service
    University of Pennsylvania
    School of Veterinary Medicine
    New Bolton Center
    382 West Street Road
    Kennett Square, PA 19348

    New Bolton Center, neonatal
  • James M. Moran, Jr. Critical Care Center

    The James M. Moran, Jr. Critical Care Center at New Bolton Center provides:

    • State-of-the-art care for patients suffering from gastrointestinal disease
    • A bio-secure environment for animals suffering from infectious diseases

    The opening of this facility in 2010 greatly increased the hospital's capacity and ability to care for these types of patients. The specific design of the building is reminiscent of early 20th century historic buildings and is a combination of a barn and a medical hospital. 

    • It is a single-story structure with two separate wings, one for isolation patients and one for colic patients.
    • Both wings have their own procedure rooms, laundry rooms and small antechambers that are used for sterilization.
    • The building has an environmentally controlled air circulation system and pressurized central corridors.
    • The building is also equipped with technical advances that will make care and monitoring of patients much more efficient and effective.

    This innovative facility exemplifies New Bolton Center’s leading role in setting a high-standard of care in equine veterinary medicine.

    The facility has become a reality primarily through a combination of state funding and as a generous gift from Elizabeth Moran, given in the memory of her son, James M. Moran, Jr. 

    New Bolton Center, Moran Center
  • Georgia and Philip Hofmann Research Center for Animal Reproduction

    Phone 610-925-6364

    Hofmann Center at New Bolton Center
    443 Bartram Road
    Kennett Square, PA  19348
    610-925-6364

    (Located one mile southwest of the main New Bolton Center Hospital)

    Our team includes five board certified specialists in reproduction or behavior, working in collaboration with sports medicine and imaging, medicine, and surgery colleagues at New Bolton Center, to offer a comprehensive approach to case management.

    Equine breeding services Include:

    • Breeding by natural cover
    • Semen collection, evaluation & chilled transport
    • Semen freezing
    • Mare cycle management
    • Artificial insemination
    • Mare & stallion breeding soundness examinations
    • Mare & stallion infertility examinations & therapy
    • Embryo transfer with recipient herd
    • Reproduction-related performance problems

    Specialty service in stallion handling  & behavior

    • Starting & re-schooling stallions for breeding
    • Dummy mount training - ground semen collection
    • Assisting disabled & aging stallions
    • Evaluation & therapy for libido, erection & ejaculation dysfunction

    We also offer short courses for owners, managers, farm staff, veterinary technicians and veterinarians, animal scientists, and students.

    New Bolton Center, Hofmann reproduction
  • The Jeffords High Speed Treadmill Facility

    The Jeffords High Speed Treadmill Facility opened in 1992 as one of the first of its kind in the country.

    New Bolton Center Jeffords treadmill 

    More than 3,000 patient evaluations have been carried out on the Jeffords Treadmill for poor performance issues such as lameness, upper and lower respiratory tract changes, cardiac disease and sub-clinical myopathy (“tying-up”).

    The tailor-made treadmill offers the ability to follow up a comprehensive lameness exam for a poorly performing horse with a brief schooling test, during which the patient may have arterial catheters placed in a facial artery and an endoscope passed into the pharynx.

    A typical test is run for 1600 meters at a speed designed to increase the horse’s heart rate to 200 beats per minute. The horse is then immediately taken off the treadmill and a postexercise echocardiogram is performed.

    An ECG is taken before, during and after exercise, and a post-exercise bronchoalveolar lavage (endoscopic washing with sterile fluid of the lungs, allowing clinicians to examine cell samples that aid in diagnosis) is performed.

    Subsequently, all of the data is taken from each test and a solution is proposed to the client to improve the performance of his or her horse.

  • The Scott Equine Sports Medicine Facility

    Dedicated in 2002, the Scott Equine Sports Medicine facility is a state-of-the-art facility that consists of two diagnostic areas – one with two sets of stocks for diagnostic ultrasound and one with a single-stock space dedicated to cardiology, plus three holding stalls and a Cardiology/Ultrasound Office where studies can be examined.

    The latest in high-tech ultrasound, echocardiography, EKG and radiotelemetry equipment is available, and ultrasound being used in a variety of ways to detect possible health issues in horses.

    The generous space, great footing and high ceilings make it a welcoming space for patients, owners, clinicians and students.