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  • Avian Influenza

    Avian influenza,a respiratory disease that affects many birds, including poultry, has been detected in the United States.

    Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) recently has been detected in commercial poultry, backyard poultry flocks, and wild birds in several states.

    No human infections have yet been reported in relation to this latest outbreak. Generally, human infections with avian influenza viruses are rare, and most often occur after people are in direct or close contact with an infected bird. Biosecurity is key in protecting flocks.

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  • Today, on World Veterinary Day, Penn Vet staff and students volunteered at Pets For Life, an event providing free pet vaccines and wellness information for residents in the Hunting Park neighborhood of Philadelphia.

    World Veterinary Day was initiated to bring attention to the many ways veterinarians contribute to the health and well-being of animals and people around the world.

  • Penn Vet's Dr. Sherrill Davison is featured in an interview on BloombergBusiness TV news about the avian influenza outbreak. Davison is Associate Professor of Avian Medicine and Pathology at New Bolton Center.

    Unprecedented Bird Flu Outbreak in U.S.: Davison
    A highly pathogenic avian influenza has been found in at least 60 commercial poultry flocks, U.S. Department of Agriculture data show. Director of the Lab for Avian Medicine at Penn Vet Sherrill Davison speaks on “Market Makers.” (Source: Bloomberg)
  • Check out Nero, one of the newest pups at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center!


    Penn Vet Working Dog Center

    Nero, donated by Granville German Shepherds, uses the wobble board to work on his balance and core strength. Photos by volunteer Tracy Darling.
  • Join us at New Bolton Center May 5 for a lecture with Dr. Dean Richardson!

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    On Tuesday, May 5, at 6:30 p.m., renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Dean Richardson will present his lecture “Fixing Broken Horses.” The presentation is part of the First Tuesday Lecture Series at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center. http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/press-releases/article/dr.-dean-richardson-first-tuesday-lecture
  • Dr. Deborah Silverstein, associate professor of critical care, talks about the new strain of canine influenza that has hit the Midwest and how to reduce transmission of the disease.


  • Research, led by Penn Vet's Dr. Jorge Alvarez, gives insight into how the blood-brain barrier is maintained, identifying a protein key to the process. This is important in studying diseases such as multiple sclerosis, where the barrier is improperly breached.


  • Tune in to the National Public Radio show On Point to hear New Bolton Center's Dr. Sherrill Davison in an interview about the avian flu outbreak.


    Bird Flu Flare-Up On Midwest Farms; Big Blue Bell Recall
    A major American outbreak of bird flu. Millions of hens and turkeys are being destroyed in the Midwest to stop the spread. We'll look at what's at stake. Plus: the latest in a big recall for Blue Bell Creamery
  • Penn Vet New Bolton Center's Dr. Sherrill Davison, Associate Professor of Avian Medicine and Pathology, is one of the experts quoted in this USA Today story about the expanding avian flu outbreak in the US and the impact on the poultry industry.

    Avian flu crisis grows for poultry producers throughout USA
    Poultry producers in several states are bracing for more losses as a highly contagious strain of avian influenza has forced farmers to lose more than 7 million chickens and turkeys in the USA in recent weeks.
  • Concerned over avian influenza? Read our Penn Vet White Paper: Pennsylvania on Alert for Avian Influenza!

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    Penn Vet White Paper: Pennsylvania on Alert for Avian Influenza Dr. Sherrill Davison, Associate Professor of Avian Medicine and Pathology at New Bolton Center, writes about the latest avian influenza outbreak and how Pennsylvania is preparing, should the virus be detected in the Atlantic flyway. Read the Penn Vet White Paper online: http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/penn-vet-stories/penn-vet-story/avian-influenza
  • As many as 59,000 people worldwide die each year of rabies acquired from dogs, according to a Global Alliance for Rabies Control report. Most of the human deaths -- 160 each day -- occur in developing areas where health care is poor and mass rabies vaccine programs for dogs don't exist.


    Report: Rabies from dogs kills 160 people a day worldwide
    Up to 59,000 people a year die from preventable canine rabies, causing economic losses of up to $8.6 billion, the Global Alliance for Rabies Control said.
  • Dr. Mark Rondeau answers questions about feeding dogs that have gastrointestinal issues on CBS3's Ask the Vet with Carol Erickson.


  • Dr. Nicola Mason is currently recruiting subjects for a new trial of dogs with a confirmed diagnosis of B or T cell lymphoma who have not received prior chemotherapy or steroids.

    The purpose of this study is to determine whether repeat vaccinations with a cancer vaccine, made from a dog’s own immune cells (B cells), can prevent relapse of lymphoma when given following a standard 19-week course of chemotherapy.

    If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact Aliza Schmidt at alizasch@vet.upenn.edu or (215) 746-2239.

  • Inmates in Louisiana caring for shelter animals learn responsibility and compassion.

    Inmates at the Pen Pals animal shelter at the medium-security Dixon Correctional Institute staff the shelter, which keeps about 80 dogs and 12 cats and has found homes for 625 dogs and 451 cats since it opened in 2010. Louisiana State University veterinarians oversee the animals' care with the inmates learning at their sides -- some even training to become veterinary technicians.


  • Ten more days until the 2015 @PhilaScienceFest! We can’t wait to #GetNerdyPHL and hope you will join us! Penn Vet will have a booth on the Parkway on May 2nd!

    Check out all the 100+ great events happening at the Festival from April 24-May 2: http://www.philasciencefestival.org/calendar

  • Today is National Pet Day! This holiday is about raising awareness about the importance of pet adoption. The motto of the holiday is “Don’t shop! Adopt!”

    Spend some time today, and every day, appreciating and celebrating the wonderful pets in your life. Please post photos of your pets- we'd love to see them!

  • We’re celebrating National Public Health Week by featuring stories that highlight public health efforts across the University. Follow along at #PennOneHealth.

    Today's story from Penn Medicine features a blog post on the recent measles outbreaks and vaccinations. Does all the heightened awareness around vaccines change attitudes? Could these events ultimately impact vaccination rates?

    Tomorrow, the Penn Medicine News Blog will feature a post on the Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health, an interdisciplinary effort across the Perelman School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Dental Medicine, and Center for Public Health Initiatives as well as other areas.

    Measles Outbreaks and Vaccinations: Does it Change Anything? - Penn Medicine News Blog
    In most communities in the United States today, the measles vaccination rate is a relatively high 94 percent. But some areas fall short of that average for various reasons: lack of awareness, lack of access, and a growing vaccine refusal movement. With one of the lowest vaccination rates, Pennsylvania currently...
  • This week in conjunction with National Public Health Week Penn Vet is joining with other schools across Penn to highlight public health related stories across the University.... here is today's story. Follow along at #PennOneHealth


    Netter Center expands pipeline program to serve each high school year
    [Editor’s note: This story is part of a series celebrating National Public Health Week by featuring stories that highlight public health efforts across the University. Follow along at #PennOneHealth.]
  • Way to go, Red Paw!


    Red Paw Emergency Relief Team

    Well, it was bound to happen, and yesterday afternoon it did! We were called to assist w/13 horses and a pony, displaced by a fire in West Philly! Luckily, thanks to the quick response from the Philadelphia Fire Department, the fire was contained to one stall, and no horses were injured!One horse in the stall at the time was checked out by our Animal Services Director, Mary Kury, and seemed to be just fine. And luckily, none of the horses needed to be moved, but we were ready, had that been the case! Yesterday afternoon was a great demonstration of partnerships, teamwork and readiness! S/O Animal Care & Control Team of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania SPCA, Last Chance Ranch and Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team!#firehorses
  • Why do some animals live longer than other?

    Researchers studied 14 species of mammals and found that those with more copies of a particular anti-inflammatory genes tended to live longer.


  • This week in conjunction with National Public Health Week Penn Vet is joining with other schools across Penn to highlight public health related stories across the University.... here is today's from Penn Nursing Science. Follow along at #PennOneHealth

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    We’re celebrating National Public Health Week by featuring stories that highlight public health efforts across the University. Follow along at #PennOneHealth More than 100 Hispanic nurses and nursing students will kick-off the inaugural Latino Nurses Network Symposium at the School of Nursing on Saturday, April 11. The theme is “Nurses’ Impact on Improving Health in Hispanic Communities,” focusing on Latino nurses’ leadership, advocacy, research, and service within their local communities, nationally, and internationally. http://bit.ly/1JnX4Tf
  • Please read our latest Penn Vet Extra story about a fascinating look at the case of a Golden Retriever named Lewis enrolled in Dr. Nicola Mason's clinical trial using immunotherapy to fight osteosarcoma.


  • This week in conjunction with National Public Health Week Penn Vet is joining with other schools across Penn to highlight public health related stories across the University.... here is today's from Penn Dental Medicine. Follow along at #PennOneHealth

    Interdisciplinary Care Model Meets the Challenges of Urban Health
    Some of the interdisciplinary team of students and faculty serving the community at United Community Clinic (see bottom for students/faculty identification).

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    Please read our latest Penn Vet Extra story, about Tractor, a sweet off-the-track Thoroughbred gelding who had a mysterious infection. New Bolton Center's Dr. Eric Parente found a solution, and Tractor is recovered and back under saddle. Owner Monica Fiss rode Tractor in the PA Horse Expo Most-Wanted Thoroughbred competition, and he was the runner up! Monica owns @[166130276843939:274:Windswept Stables] in Aberdeen, Maryland. http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/publications/penn-vet-extra/penn-vet-extra-april-2015/tractor-story
  • We’re celebrating National Public Health Week by featuring stories that highlight public health efforts across the University. Follow along at #PennOneHealth.

    Today's story features Penn Vet researchers using 50,000 salmonella strains collected over the past 18 years at New Bolton Center to better understand this bacteria that sickens more than one million people in the United States each year. http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/penn-vet-stories/penn-vet-story/penn-vet-collection-of-50000-salmonella-strains

    Tomorrow's story by Penn Dental Medicine will feature the United Community Clinic, created by a dedicated team of students and their faculty from Penn’s schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Nursing, Social Policy & Practice, and Arts & Sciences, who work together to provide free healthcare to those in need.

  • Penn Vet wishes you a happy and safe Easter! Please be mindful of Easter lilies in the house if you own cats. Lilies are extremely toxic to cats and can cause kidney failure.

  • Dr. Deborah Silverstein talks about the new strain of canine influenza and how to reduce transmission of the disease http://t.co/Cpw6bmK4vj
  • Penn Vet's Dr. Jorge Alvarez is looking at how the blood-brain barrier is maintained and breached: http://t.co/i4DCXvfgn9
  • RT @katieu: Batten down the hatches! Tightening the blood-brain barrier lessened symptoms of an MS-like illness in mice http://t.co/j3lrGIJ…
  • RT @StahlCBS3: #LoveYourDog @pennvet needs dog owners for a survey on how they improve quality of life. http://t.co/XipI9pOYmD I've loved m…
  • RT @OnPointRadio: What does the #avianinfluenza outbreak in the Midwest mean for you? We'll find out, 10/9c http://t.co/FkywTPnZan

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