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MRI the Key to Diagnosing Lexi's Lameness

While in their second dressage show together, Caitlin MacGuinness noticed that her new mount, Lagato, seemed to be a bit lame on the right front leg, but only when turned sharply to the right.


Finding Farrah a Forever Home

Farrah, a six-year-old German Shepherd mix, was brought to the Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals in March of 2012 as a stray. She was named after Ms. Fawcett for her charming good looks.

While at the shelter, Farrah exhibited repeated behaviors such as barking, jumping, spinning, and tail biting, making her an excellent candidate for a new partnership between Francisvale and the Animal Behavior Service at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital.


New Bolton Center to Hold Special Event on December 15 About Foaling

New Bolton Center experts in veterinary emergency and critical care, neonatal intensive care, and reproduction will speak about equine dystocia, care of a sick foal, and post-partum mare management, during a special evening program focused on foaling.


Saving Lives by Saving Limbs

With a generous grant from the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association and the Kislak Family Foundation, Penn Vet is helping to save the limbs – and lives – of animals at shelter organizations. Through this pilot program, “Saving Lives by Saving Limbs,” surgeons and students repair the fractured limbs of animals at risk for amputation or euthanasia.


New Bolton Center November First Tuesday Lecture to Focus on Synovial Joints in Horses

On Tuesday, November 3, at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Carrie Jacobs, Surgery Resident, will discuss synovial structures in horses during her talk, “Synovial Joint Infections: What You Need To Know.” The presentation is part of the First Tuesday Lecture Series at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center, 382 West Street Road, Kennett Square, PA.


New Bolton Center Pioneers Revolutionary Robotics-Controlled Equine Imaging System

Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center, in collaboration with Four Dimensional Digital Imaging (“4DDI”), will pioneer a first-ever, robotics-controlled imaging system for use in the standing and moving horse. Penn Vet is the first veterinary hospital in the world to own the revolutionary technology.


Important Tips from Penn Vet to Keep Pets Safe on Halloween

Dr. Kenneth Drobatz, Chief of the Emergency Service at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital, offers the following tips to keep pets healthy and out of the emergency room this Halloween:


Experienced Nursing Care Key to Healing, Handling

Constant care by experienced, skilled, attentive veterinary technicians can make all the difference in how well an animal heals, especially in the most critical cases.


Nursing Marvin Back to Health

Particularly in tune with animals’ needs, veterinary technicians at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital consistently go above and beyond to provide the best in nursing care. Marvin’s case was no exception.


October First Tuesday Lecture to Feature a Veterinarian's View of Horse Shows

On Tuesday, October 6, at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Nikki Scherrer, Ophthalmology Resident, will discuss a veterinarian’s perspective on common medical issues that arise at horse shows in her talk, “From Trainer to Veterinarian: Things I Wish I Knew.” The presentation is part of the First Tuesday Lecture Series at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center, 382 West Street Road, Kennett Square, PA.


Special Paint’s Eyes Saved by Laser Treatment

In the first collaboration of its kind between Penn Vet and Penn Med, clinicians used a laser treatment for humans to treat cancerous tumors in the delicate area around both eyes of a horse.


A Tale of Two Palates

When Jenn Clayton met Ruby Sue, a special-needs rescue dog, she had no idea she would be starting a long-term relationship with Penn Vet that would span 18 months and almost 9,000 miles.


Penn Vet and Francisvale Partner to Maximize Welfare and Adoptablility of Pets

Behavior problems are the leading cause of pet relinquishment. In order to maximize the welfare and adoptability of pets in need of forever homes, animal behavior experts from Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital are partnering with the team at the Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals.


Penn Vet's New Bolton Center Offers New MRI Service

Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center now offers a new MRI system designed specifically for obtaining high-quality images in horses.

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Diagnosing Lyme Disease in Horses is Difficult

Most horses in the Mid-Atlantic region show evidence of exposure to Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. The vast majority of those exposed horses do not develop clinical signs of disease. However, a small number of infected horses will develop disease of the nervous system, termed Lyme Neuroborreliosis.


New Bolton’s Moran Critical Care Center Helps Prevent Spread of Contagious Diseases

The most critically ill horses at New Bolton Center are those with gastrointestinal conditions or contagious diseases. Our James M. Moran, Jr. Critical Care Center, which opened five years ago, is designed specifically for these patients.


A Behind-The-Scenes Look at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Dr. Emilie Setlakwe, who has just completed her three-year residency in Internal Medicine at New Bolton Center, gives a behind-the-scenes look at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in her First Tuesday Lecture, “Tales from the NICU.”


The Horse Who Jumped Over Anything

The racetrack was not the place for this sweet Thoroughbred gelding, fighting to come in second-to-last in his best race. Flying over open hills and jumps, that’s what this athlete was clearly born to do. 



Canine Craniofacial Patients Help Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Craniofacial Patients Embrace Differences

It has been well-documented that the human-animal connection provides a powerful healing bond. This bond will be evidenced at the third annual “Best Friends Bash” on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, as craniofacial patients from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) meet eight canines who have undergone similar craniofacial procedures or overcome other health challenges. The event coincides with National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month.

Marshak Dairy Cows at New Bolton Center

Penn Vet's 10 Tips to Keep Dairy Cows Safe in the Summer Heat

Summertime is great for eating ice cream, but the heat and humidity can be dangerous for dairy cows, lowering milk production and threatening their health, said Dr. Meggan Hain, Staff Veterinarian at Penn Vet’s Marshak Dairy at New Bolton Center.