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  • February 28 is Rare Disease Day, to raise awareness with policy makers and the public of rare diseases and their impact on the lives of patients.

    Penn Vet researcher Dr. Charles Vite and his team have developed a treatment for Niemann Pick Disease type C, sometimes referred to as “childhood Alzheimer’s” because of the progressive mental and physical decline seen in the children it afflicts.

    Learn more about the disease and research here: http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/press-releases/article/penn-vet-researchers-identify-effective-treatment-for-niemann-pick-type-c

  • Exciting news- Jesse P and Sirius from the Penn Vet Working Dog Center are going to be FEMA Search & Rescue dogs!

    New Mexico Task Force 1 leader Lette Birn (center) arrived to pick up the dogs, accompanied by their new handlers Jason Harvey (with Jesse P) and Dayna Dominguez (with Sirius).

  • http://www.local8now.com/home/headlines/3-D-printing-helps-get-local-dog-back-on-all-fours-294047151.html

    3-D printing helps get local dog back on all fours
    For millions of Americans - getting a knee brace or a prosthetic limb is part of life; but it may surprise you to know that new technology is making it possible for our cats and dogs to get new paws.
  • Penn Vet is currently recruiting dogs for a clinical trial evaluating the role of the intestinal microbiome in dogs with chronic gastrointestinal problems.

    Dogs with chronic symptoms such as diarrhea and/or vomiting may be eligible. All initial diagnostics and standard-of-care treatment during the study period (2 to 8 weeks) are included free of charge.

    Learn more about the trial at http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/press-releases/article/penn-vet-recruiting-dogs-with-chronic-gastrointestinal-problems-for-new-clinical-trial

  • Check out Dr. Parsons on NBC!

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    Dr. Thomas Parsons and Penn Vet's Swine Teaching and Research Center are featured in a two-part NBC-TV story by investigative reporter Bob Segall in Indianapolis about sow housing. http://www.wthr.com/story/28182789/gestation-crate-controversy-indiana-pig-farmers-face-growing-pressure Pig producers are coming under increasing pressure to change the industry's standard gestation crates. The "Penn gestation" loose-housing model created and researched at New Bolton Center is an alternative being adopted by farmers across the nation.
  • Only 2 working spots left for the Principals of K9 Learning Workshop! Register now to reserve your spot!


    Principles of K9 Learning
    Dr. Tynes, Dr. Wilhelmy, and Dr. Otto bring three complimentary lessons for those interested in better understanding K9 behavior and learning [...]

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    Please join us next Tuesday, March 3, at 6:30 pm for the First Tuesday Lecture by Dr. Emilie Setlakwe, who will describe a “typical” day in the life of a veterinarian in New Bolton Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit during her talk “Tales from the NICU.” http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/press-releases/article/new-bolton-center-first-tuesday-lecture-march-3-tales-from-the-nicu

  • Five K-9s Graduate From Penn Vet Working Dog Center
    It was lucky day for five canine recruits who graduated from the Penn Vet Working Dog Center in Philadelphia and officially entered the workforce on Friday.
  • The renovations of the Ryan Hospital lobby are coming along wonderfully. They put up a new sign! And we have sliding doors!

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    Associate Dean Dr. Corinne Sweeney describes the history and the importance of New Bolton Center's unique “pool recovery” system, designed for horses to awake safely from anesthesia. Dedicated 40 years ago, the pool system, created at New Bolton Center, was the first-of-its-kind, a critical innovation in veterinary surgery. Today, the updated recovery pool continues to be an integral tool used by our equine orthopedic surgeons for patients with leg fractures. Read the New Bolton Post story: http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/publications/new-bolton-post/winter-2015/pool-recovery-story
  • Penn Vet is offering the he Veterinary Exploration Through Science (VETS) program this summer for both college and high school students (11th and 12th graders). This is a day program of one week sessions. The program has been created for students who are interested in the science of veterinary medicine.

    Learn more about the program and how to apply at http://www.vet.upenn.edu/education/admissions/summer-vets-program

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    Happy Chinese New Year in this Year of the Goat! We love goats at New Bolton Center. Many of the patients in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit are mama goats and their kids. Learn more about our NICU: http://www.vet.upenn.edu/veterinary-hospitals/NBC-hospital/services/neonatal-intensive-care
  • Should pets be allowed on Amtrak trains?

    Lawmakers want Amtrak to allow small pets on trains, and the idea is gaining support.


  • Did you know that the Egyptians would mummify cats?

    This is a nice article about the Penn Museum and it mentions they have cat mummies!

    Mummy & Daddy: Penn Museum inspires father and daughter
    When Dave Schwartz was a boy, his father was constantly in the hospital, and his mother would drop him at the Penn Museum while she visited her husband.
  • Congratulations to Miss P for winning Best in Show at Westminster!


    At Westminster Dog Show, Miss P, a Beagle, Wins Best in Show
    The Best in Show judge at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show made the surprising choice of Miss P, a grandniece of Uno, who in 2008 became the first beagle to win the big show.
  • Continuing our cardiology theme for American Heart Month, Dr. Danielle Laughlin was a guest on CBS 3's 'Ask the Vet' series. Dr. Laughlin spoke with Carol Erickson about pets and heart disease:


  • Dr. James Serpell was a guest on Science Friday to talk about dog behavior generalizations. Dr. Serpell created his C-BARQ assessment tool to see whether those generalizations were really true. While he found some common traits among breeds, he also found some variation that might be caused by the behavior of human owners.

    Listen to the interview: http://sciencefriday.com/segment/02/13/2015/dogs-they-re-just-like-us.html

    Learn more about the C-BARQ behavioral assessment tool: http://vetapps.vet.upenn.edu/cbarq/

    Dogs, They’re Just Like Us
    An in-depth survey of pet dogs revealed surprising insights about breed-specific behaviors.
  • This two-day old Chihuahua pup is being cared for in Ryan Hospital's Emergency Service. One of our residents is feeding her every two hours!

  • Why Your Dog's Paws Smell Like Corn Chips
    What should you do if you notice that your dog's feet have an odor, often described as smelling like corn chips or old popcorn? Read this FAQ to find out more about what is commonly termed
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    Penn Vet New Bolton Center

    Please read about how New Bolton Center's veterinarians preserved the legacy of a champion Paso Fino stallion in a case that highlights the collaboration between our cardiology and reproduction teams. Pictured is mare Maggie (left) and stallion Portal de Luisa at Laota Spring Farm. http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/publications/new-bolton-post/winter-2015/repro-case-story
  • Dr. Brittany Watson and Penn Vet students held cardiology lessons for Netter Center Pipeline students from Sayre High School. They learned basic CPR, listened to a heart murmur and compared circulatory systems from various species.

  • Not only is today Valentine’s Day, but it is also National Donor Day, which focuses on five points of life: organs, tissue, marrow, platelets, and blood. Penn Vet has two donor programs that are important to saving pets’ lives, one of which is our blood donor program.

    Blood transfusions can be critical, life-saving procedures. Blood loss through trauma or toxins can quickly lead to severe anemia and possibly death, an outcome that can be averted through the administration of blood transfusions. The Penn Animal Blood Bank manages a large volunteer blood donor program to meet the transfusion needs of the patients at Ryan Hospital.

    Learn more about the Penn Vet blood donor program: http://www.vet.upenn.edu/veterinary-hospitals/ryan-veterinary-hospital/services/internal-medicine/penn-animal-blood-bank

  • Not only is today Valentine’s Day, but it is also National Donor Day, which focuses on five points of life: organs, tissue, marrow, platelets, and blood. Penn Vet has two donor programs that are important to saving pets’ lives, one of which is our kidney transplant program.

    The Feline Renal Transplantation Program at Penn Vet was initiated in 1998 by Dr. Lillian R Aronson. She has since performed about 150 kidney transplants. Kidney transplantation is a treatment option for renal failure and the goal is to provide a good quality of life for a cat that would otherwise be unable to survive.

    Learn more about Penn Vet’s kidney transplant program: http://www.vet.upenn.edu/veterinary-hospitals/ryan-veterinary-hospital/services/surgery/renal-transplantation

  • http://www.marketplace.org/topics/economy/big-book/12-crazy-facts-about-chickens-and-then-some

    12 crazy facts about chickens, and then some
    At any one time, 20 billion chickens are alive and squawking on our planet.
  • Does your dog know how you're feeling?

    Penn Vet behaviorist Dr. Carlo Siracusa comments on the recent study showing that dogs can recognize human emotions.


  • Did you know that the first dog to ever get a pacemaker received it at Penn Vet in 1967?

    Continuing our cardiology theme for American Heart Month, please read our Ryan Hospital story that looks at the first pacemaker placed in a dog by Dr. James Buchanan, and Dr. Danielle Laughlin's case of Jake, a Boxer saved by a pacemaker nearly 50 years later.


  • February is American Heart Month! Please read about Windsor, a huge Clydesdale with a big heart, who received care from New Bolton Center's cardiology and ultrasound team!

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    A huge Clydesdale with a big heart receives care from New Bolton Center's cardiology and ultrasound team, led by Dr. Virginia Reef. Windsor is a leader in an eight-horse hitch that pulls a historic wagon for the Hallamore Corporation. Read about Windsor in our February Penn Vet Extra, which features cardiology cases for American Heart Month: http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/publications/penn-vet-extra/penn-vet-extra-february-2015/clydesdale-story
  • RT @PennNewsGuy: .@pennvet researchers have identified an effective treatment for Niemann Pick type C -- @NIH research dollars at work http…
  • Penn Vet is recruiting dogs for a clinical trial with chronic gastrointestinal problems. http://t.co/GSVbaasWHo
  • For American Heart Month, Dr. Danielle Laughlin spoke about pets and heart disease on CBS 3's Ask the Vet: http://t.co/4fDojsYvSU
  • Are dog behavior generalizations true? Listen to Dr. James Serpell interviewed on Science Friday: http://t.co/Lu10QNkAMh
  • Do you know chickens? 12 crazy facts about chickens, and then some: http://t.co/sZArlHhoUs

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