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New Bolton Center Appoints Full-Time Radiologist to Clinical Faculty

By: Louisa Shepard Date: Sep 16, 2016
[September 16, 2016; Kennett Square, PA] – Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center, in a commitment to expanding its imaging service, has appointed Radiologist Dr. Kathryn Wulster as Assistant Professor of Diagnostic Imaging.

Wulster earned her VMD from Penn Vet in 2012. She completed a residency in diagnostic imaging at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in 2016, and was board certified by the American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR).Kathryn Wulster-sm

Her clinical work at New Bolton Center will focus on equine patients using advanced imaging systems, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), and the new robotics-controlled imaging system, EQUIMAGINE™. She joins Dr. Christopher Ryan, a radiologist who has been working at New Bolton Center part-time for the past year, specifically on EQUIMAGINE™ cases.

“The robotic imaging technology is quickly evolving, and there is a lot to learn,” Wulster said. “It is cutting-edge.”

Having a full-time radiologist dedicated to working with clinicians on advanced imaging studies is a “game changer” for New Bolton Center, said Dr. Barbara Dallap Schaer, New Bolton Center Medical Director.

“Advanced imaging is instrumental in diagnosing illness and injury in many of our large animal patients, and is particularly relevant in the disciplines of equine surgery and sports medicine,” Dallap Schaer said. “Radiologists have the opportunity to work with a team of clinicians to discover and diagnose problems.”

Few veterinary radiologists specialize in equine imaging, Wulster said, estimating that she is one of only a dozen or so in the country.

“Kate is intellectually curious, has innovative ideas for teaching, and a background in performance horses that will surely benefit our clients and referring veterinarians,” Dallap Schaer said. “We are so pleased to have her.”

Wulster’s first clinical experience was learning to run horses on a treadmill at the Equine Science Center at Rutgers University. That led to a summer job with New Bolton Center’s Sports Medicine service, working with Dr. Elizabeth Davidson and the late Dr. Ben Martin.

It was Martin who encouraged Wulster to pursue radiology with a large animal focus in veterinary school, she said. After graduation from Penn Vet, she was an intern at New Bolton Center.

“New Bolton Center has an incredible caseload, with complex sports medicine cases,” Wulster said. “I have a great interest in the elite equine athlete, reading those imaging studies, and collaborating with the specialists who work with those athletes to allow them to perform their jobs.”

A resident of Kennett Square, Wulster has a 14-year-old Holsteiner gelding used as a hunter-jumper.

About Penn Vet

Ranked among the top ten veterinary schools worldwide, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) is a global leader in veterinary education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the first veterinary school developed in association with a medical school. The school is a proud member of the One Health initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health.

Penn Vet serves a diverse population of animals at its two campuses, which include extensive diagnostic and research laboratories. Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia provides care for dogs, cats, and other domestic/companion animals, handling more than 34,600 patient visits a year. New Bolton Center, Penn Vet’s large-animal hospital on nearly 700 acres in rural Kennett Square, PA, cares for horses and livestock/farm animals. The hospital handles more than 6,200 patient visits a year, while our Field Services have gone out on more than 5,500 farm service calls, treating some 18,700 patients at local farms. In addition, New Bolton Center’s campus includes a swine center, working dairy, and poultry unit that provide valuable research for the agriculture industry.