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Dr. Kyla Ortved to Discuss Equine Regenerative Medicine During Dec. 6 First Tuesday Lecture

By: Louisa Shepard Date: Nov 8, 2016
[November 8, 2016; Kennett Square, PA] – Dr. Kyla Ortved, an orthopedic surgeon and Assistant Professor of Large Animal Surgery, will discuss stem cell research during her presentation, “Regenerative Medicine: Can We Help Our Horses Heal?”, as part of New Bolton Center’s First Tuesday Lecture series.

The lecture—the last of the fall season—will take place on Tuesday, December 6, at 6:30 p.m. in New Bolton Center’s Alumni Hall, 382 West Street Road, Kennett Square, PA. Due to limited seating, reservations are recommended and can be made by contacting Barbara Belt at The lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. Ortved will discuss the varying types of regenerative medicine and their applications in the equine athlete. She will provide in-depth information on new biologics—including stem cells, platelet-rich plasma, and interleukin-1 receptor antagonist protein (IRAP)—and their use in musculoskeletal injuries. 

ortved3Although Dr. Ortved spends much of her time at New Bolton Center treating patients, she also teaches students, and is developing a research program with an emphasis on equine cartilage repair and osteoarthritis.

Prior to starting at New Bolton Center in February 2016, Ortved was a Clinical Assistant Professor of Equine Surgery at Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists. She completed her PhD in Comparative Biomedical Science from Cornell University in 2014.

She was board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) in 2011, after completing her residency in large animal surgery at Cornell from 2007 to 2010. Ortved was board certified by the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR) in 2016. Her internship in large animal medicine and surgery was at the University of Georgia.

She received her veterinary degree from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, in 2006, and her undergraduate degree in animal biology from the University of British Columbia in 2001.

Ortved’s career has focused on equine surgery, with a special focus on orthopedic surgery, including arthroscopy, tenoscopy, and fracture repair. Her doctoral research was on the use of gene therapy for cartilage repair and osteoarthritis.

The First Tuesday Lecture series will resume in spring 2017:

  • March 7: Equine Field Service Team: “Tricky Cases from the Field: What’s Your Diagnosis?”
  • April 4: Dr. David Levine: “Dynamic Endoscopy: The Airway in Action”
  • May 2: Dr. Andrew van Eps: “Laminitis: Why Does It Occur? How Can We Better Manage It?”
  • June 6: Dr. Dean Richardson: “The Recovery Pool: Defying Gravity after Orthopedic Surgery”

About the First Tuesday Lecture Series

The First Tuesday Lectures, free and open to the public, are presented September through December, and March through June. During the series, faculty and clinicians at New Bolton Center share current information on equine topics of interest to horse owners and caregivers. Many of the lectures highlight the advanced techniques performed by Penn Vet’s team of leading clinicians, and the state-of-the-art equipment and facilities available to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients.

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.