Veterinary Nursing
at New Bolton Center

Clinical Services offered at New Bolton Center are augmented by an elite team of veterinary technicians. The nursing staff at New Bolton Center comprises:

  • New Bolton Center nursingAnesthesia technicians
  • General nursing technicians
  • Operating Room technicians
  • Sports Medicine technicians

The majority of New Bolton Center's nursing staff is cross-trained to provide care in all areas of the hospital, including Emergency & Critical Care, Intensive Care, Neonatal Intensive Care, Internal Medicine, Surgery, among others.

Our nurses/veterinary technicians are certified veterinary technicians (CVT), and many pursue additional certification as Veterinary Technician Specialists through the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America.

In addition to being certified, our nurse/technicians teach, publish, and speak at national conferences. New Bolton Center nurse/technicians rigorously engage in continuing education, and lead the movement forward for future veterinary technicians.

Patient Care Technicians

New Bolton Center's nursing staff also comprises Patient Care Technicians, highly-experienced large animal handlers who support nurses with handling, feeding, grooming, and assisting in medical procedures. Our PCTs greet clients in both emergent and non-emergent visits, transitioning their animal to the clinical setting.

Penn Vet's Partnership with Harcum College

In 1972, Harcum College located in Bryn Mawr, PA, began a new program for those that wanted to dedicate their lives to the nursing care of animals. The Veterinary Technology Program at Harcum College has been a success ever since. In 1975, Harcum collaborated with Penn Vet at both Ryan Veterinary Hospital and New Bolton Center to form an alliance that would support education and the growth of the veterinary technician field. The American Veterinary Medical Association accredited this program that year, and the program has held its accreditation status every year since.

The program consists of two years (or four semesters) of classroom learning, but Harcum doesn’t stop there. In order to graduate from the program, students are required to complete two three-month practica at both New Bolton Center, Penn Vet's large animal hospital in Kennett Square, PA, and Ryan Hospital for Companion Annimals, located in Philadelphia.  Students are given the opportunity to use their knowledge in a clinical setting.

During the students' time here at the small animal hospital, they rotate through six of the major departments for two week intervals totaling 12 weeks. The departments include the Emergency Service, Intensive Care Unit, Wards, Anesthesia, Surgery and Radiology.  The nursing staff of Penn Vet runs this program with one nurse overseeing the entire program.  The nursing staff is responsible for teaching, guiding and nurturing our future generation of Certified Veterinary Technicians.  

The combination of a stellar education provided by Harcum College in the classroom and the invaluable clinical experience received at Penn Vet has led to hundreds of graduated veterinary technicians over the years.