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Ten Hot-Weather Tips for Horses from Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center

Summer is a great time to enjoy your horse, but summer heat can be dangerous for horses, resulting in dehydration, lethargy, and general malaise. Severe heat stress may cause diarrhea, or even colic. Following these 10 tips and using common sense will help keep you and your horse safe and comfortable during the hot days ahead.


Dr. Dean Richardson: Fixing Broken Horses

Advances in technology and experience have greatly improved orthopedic surgery techniques for equine fracture repair, said Dr. Dean W. Richardson, the Charles W. Raker Professor of Equine Surgery and Chief of Large Animal Surgery at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center.


Nine Lives

Since birth, Brianna has fought against the odds. Born in an abandoned car on a farm in upstate New York, the dauntless calico was discovered by neighbors who bottle-fed her after learning that her mother had been hit by a car. Years later Brianna went missing for five days, only to be discovered behind a feed bin in a barn. Part of her tail had been stripped to the bone, evidence that she had survived an attack.


Giant Donkey with Laminitis Saved by Sling and Surgery

With great sadness, Susan Yates walked out of the barn and headed to the house to call the vet. It was time to put down the big donkey she had just adopted five days earlier.


Lucky Lucy

Dr. Vikram Arora, chief resident in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Temple Medicine, was on his way home after a long shift when he noticed a little white dog scurrying across North Broad Street. 


Andrew R. and Mindy H. Heyer Lobby Opens at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital

Clients and pets alike can enjoy the newly renovated lobby at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital. Andrew and Mindy Heyer generously funded the $1.5 million, six-month renovation project. New features include:


New Bolton Center’s New Dynamic Endoscope Key to Diagnosing Upper Airway Problems in Horses

The athletic Thoroughbred gelding might have had a slight “roar” to his breathing when event rider Lara Geiger purchased Benji four years ago; but if it was there, it was hardly noticeable.



New Bolton Center Offers New Comprehensive Equine Lyme Disease Evaluation Package

Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center now offers a Comprehensive Equine Lyme Disease Evaluation package designed to find the answer to an often complex diagnostic puzzle. Board-certified specialists in internal medicine, neurology, ophthalmology, and sports medicine work as a team to find the answer to the vexing question: Is it Lyme?


Medical Mystery: Big Thoroughbred Has a Big Infection

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. 


Penn Vet Recognizes National Kidney Month

In recognition of National Kidney Month in March, Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital reminds pet owners that animals can suffer from a range of kidney ailments, including kidney failure, toxicity, and infection. Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital is the nation’s only academic veterinary hospital offering comprehensive services and certified specialists in urologic and kidney care for companion animals.


March Madness Means Intensive Training in Livestock Medicine at New Bolton Center

To many, March Madness means basketball, but at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center, it means an opportunity for soon-to-be farm animal veterinarians to put their skills to work before graduation.

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Care from the Heart for the Heart

The first pacemaker was placed in a dog in 1967, right here at Penn Vet, by veterinary cardiologist Dr. James Buchanan. Almost 50 years later in the same hospital, this procedure saved the life of a 10-year-old Boxer named Jake.

Windsor, Clydesdale

Clydesdale's Big Heart Skips More Than a Beat

Leading the team of majestic Clydesdales is Windsor, a special member of the eight-horse team that pulls a historic wagon for the Hallamore Corporation. So when he wasn’t himself, not pulling his weight, backing out of the harness, farm manager Ned Niemiec worried about Windsor’s heart.


New Bolton Center Saves Champion's Legacy

The news was shocking, and devastating. A champion Paso Fino stallion in his prime suffered catastrophic heart failure and could not be saved.


Penn Focus: Visit Penn Vet's Ryan Hospital

Walk through the doors of Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital and it becomes immediately clear this is no ordinary place. The hospital is open 24/7, handles more than 31,000 patient visits a year, and staffs nearly 400 veterinary professionals.


No Prince Here

Julie Harris’ family has a variety of household pets – a dog named Jaxx, two cats named Army and Navy, and a two-year-old female bearded dragon named Chip.


Hi-Yo, Silver

Silver must wear a mask, just like his owner, the man who calls himself the Lone Ranger.

Diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the eye, the Tennessee Walking Horse has undergone surgery at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center to remove multiple cancerous lesions.

The Penn Vet Cancer Center - where human and animal medicine converge.

Helping Tendons Heal Faster

When Leonard Francesco's yellow Labrador Retriever, Maxine, jumped to catch a ball and landed funny on her back leg, it was clear she had injured her Achilles tendon.


Zebra Regrows Hoof at New Bolton Center

A custom prosthetic hoof, bold surgical techniques, and seven months of round-the-clock care at New Bolton Center made it possible for a unique patient to regrow an entire hoof.

Ryan Hospital, emergency services

Ryan Hospital Designated a Certified Level I Facility by the Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society

The Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society (VECCS) has named Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital a Level I Facility, making it the first university-based hospital to receive the prestigious designation.