New Bolton Center Kennett Square, PA
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Equine Surgery, New Bolton Center

New Bolton Center Surgery

With its long history of significant contributions to large animal surgery, the Section of Surgery at New Bolton Center provides sophisticated services utilizing techniques such as arthroscopy, endoscopy, laparoscopy, laser and cryo-surgery.

New Bolton Center's board-certified surgeons treat all large animals, including horses, cows, small ruminants, camelids, and pigs.

Our Team

The Surgery Service at New Bolton Center provides our patients with a comprehensive and collaborative approach. Our service has led the way in large animal surgery, and our board-certified surgical faculty and clinical staff are among the world's most experienced and respected.

Our Pool Recovery System

New Bolton Center’s surgical suite in the C. Mahlon Kline Orthopedic & Rehabilitation Center has state-of-the-art equipment, including a pool recovery system, for complex fracture repair and special air-handling capabilities to minimize surgical site contamination.


Our Clinical Services

New Bolton Center is recognized internationally as a leader in equine and food and fiber animal surgery. The Large Animal Surgery service at New Bolton Center is available 24/7 for all large animal procedures and emergencies. Our board-certified veterinary surgeons are leaders in their selected fields of specialty, including orthopedic and soft-tissue surgery, as well as head and neck surgery, and emergency surgical procedures such as colic surgery. Our team has led the field of large animal surgery in creating innovative, advanced techniques and procedures to treat our patients.

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    • Surgical procedures include, among others:
      •  Fracture repair
      • Arthroscopy
      • Septic arthritis and osteomyelitis
      • Tendon and ligament injuries
      • Stem cell therapy
  • Upper Respiratory Surgery
    • Our surgical service has one of the most experienced staff and largest caseloads in the country. We advocate efficiency in diagnosis and treatment to minimize hospitalization and the time out of training before return to exercise. While many of our patients are younger athletes, we always provide the same level of care and treatment to our older patients. 
      • Commonly performed procedures include:
        • Modified laryngoplasty (tieback) for treatment of laryngeal hemiplegia
        • Outpatient transendoscopic laser surgery for removal of growths or correction of epiglottic entrapment
        • Outpatient dental treatment or extractions performed by a certified veterinary dentist
        • Outpatient sinoscopy for evaluation and treatment of sinus disease
        • Tieforward procedure for treatment of palate displacement
        View some surgical case videos...
  • Soft Tissue Surgery
    • In addition to upper respiratory surgery, New Bolton Center's surgery team addresses numerous and diverse areas of soft tissue surgery. Many of the surgeries can now be performed using minimally invasive techniques (i.e., laparoscopically), often without the need for general anesthesia. 
    • Commonly performed procedures include:
      • Laparoscopic surgery for treatment of cryptorchids, ovarian tumors or other urogenital problems
      • Nephrosplenic Space Ablations performed laparoscopically for recurrent colon entrapments
      • Repair of rectovaginal problems or other urogenital abnormalities in mares or stallions
        Sarcoid/Melanoma treatment performed both surgically and with adjunctive treatments to minimize recurrence.
      View some surgical case videos...
  • Food and Fiber Animal Surgery
    • The Food and Fiber Animal Surgery Service provides complete state-of-the-art surgical treatments of farm animal patients (cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, and alternative livestock such as llamas, alpacas and deer).

      Some of our service highlights include:

    • Orthopedic Surgery

      • Fractures, arthroscopy, joint and bone infections, limb deformities, etc.
    • Gastrointestinal Surgery

      • Displaced abomasum, rumenotomy, rumenostomy, intestinal obstruction, cecal problems, laparoscopy, etc.
    • Urogenital Surgery

      • Urolithiasis (urinary blockage), C-section, castration, cryptorchidism, inguinal and scrotal hernia, ovariohysterectomy (spay), vasectomy, etc.
    • Head and Neck Surgery

      • Dehorning, enucleation, mandibular fractures, tooth root abscess, tracheotomy, sinusotomy, etc.
    • Other Types of Surgical Procedures

      • Umbilical hernia and other complicated umbilical problems, mastectomy, teat disorders, tumor removal, etc.

Our Research Initiatives

New Bolton Center's Surgery faculty are actively engaged in groundbreaking research, including stem cell therapy, bone growth and regeneration, and stimulating the synthesis of cartilage components in the treatment of equine arthritis.

  • Laminitis Laboratory at New Bolton Center

    Laminitis is a common and debilitating disease that affects the folded and interdigitating tissues, called the lamellae, which connect the hoof wall to the underlying tissues of the horse’s foot. The lamellae normally allow the transfer of the horse's weight from the skeletal elements of the digit to the hoof wall.

    Dr. Galantino-Homer founded the Laminitis Laboratory at New Bolton Center  in 2008. The Laminitis Laboratory was formed in part due to the tragic loss of the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner, Barbaro, to laminitis in January, 2007.

    Our goal is to better understand laminitis pathogenesis in order to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of this disease.

    Our studies include the investigation of laminitis pathogenesis using protein biochemistry and histopathological analysis, characterization of the epidermal stem cell population in the lamellae, identification of diagnostic serum biomarkers for laminitis, and establishing an in vitro culture system for equine hoof epidermal cells to minimize the use of live horses for laminitis research.

    The Laminitis Laboratory is home to the Laminitis Discovery Database, an archive of pathology images, histology slides, and frozen lamellar tissue and serum from naturally occurring cases of laminitis and unaffected control horses. These materials are being used for several published and ongoing multi-institutional collaborative studies.

    Read More About The Laminitis Laboratory at New Bolton Center
  • Ortved Laboratory

    The Ortved Laboratory at New Bolton Center is focused on understanding the pathophysiology of post-traumatic osteoarthritis (PTOA) and developing gene and cell-based therapies to help regenerate cartilage and prevent the development of PTOA following joint injury.

    Due to the many similarities in joint biomechanics and propensity for PTOA, our lab uses the horse as a large animal model for human joint disease. Our goal is to develop translational regenerative therapies that would benefit both the equine and human patient.

    Lab Mission

    • To improve cartilage repair using stem cell and gene therapy.
    • To limit the long-term effects of joint trauma through gene therapy immunomodulation of the joint.
    • To further elucidate the pathogenesis of post-traumatic osteoarthritis (PTOA).

    Dr. Kyla Ortved, New Bolton Center

    Interested in Working With Us?

    We are always seeking highly motivated students and post-doctoral fellows with an interest in:

    • Orthopedic research
    • Joint disease
    • Stem cell therapy
    • Gene therapy
    • Regenerative medicine
    • Cartilage biology

    Contact: Dr. Kyla Ortved at

    Read More About The Ortved Laboratory
  • 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
Ligasure, New Bolton Center Surgery

Surgical Cases

View equine surgical procedures such as this ligasure procedure on a mare to remove her ovary.

A Collaborative Approach

The Surgery Service at New Bolton Center works closely with other services at the hospital, including: