[April 15, 2014; Kennett Square, PA] – On Tuesday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m., Holly Stewart, VMD, will discuss the diagnosis, treatment, and future therapies for equine tendon injuries, as part of the First Tuesday Lecture Series at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center, 382 West Street Road, Kennett Square, PA.

New Bolton Center, First Tuesday lectureThe series offers free lectures to the public on equine topics the first Tuesday of each month. This lecture will take place in New Bolton Center’s Woerner Auditorium. Due to limited seating, reservations are recommended and can be made by contacting Barbara Belt at beltb@vet.upenn.edu.

Dr. Stewart, a Resident in Surgery at New Bolton Center, has an interest in the effects of injuries on bones, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. Her presentation will focus on some of the most common tendon injuries in athletic horses, which include injuries to the superficial and deep digital flexor tendons.

Some techniques used for diagnosing equine tendon injuries include lameness examination, ultrasound, nuclear scintigraphy, and MRI. These injuries have many treatment options including PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy, stem cell therapy, and shockwave therapy. The lecture will provide further information on the biology of tendon injuries, current therapy options, and the current development of more effective treatment and rehabilitation practices. 

About the First Tuesday Lecture Series

During the First Tuesday Lecture Series, faculty and clinicians at New Bolton Center share current information on topics of interest and relevance to horse owners and caregivers throughout the region. 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

Penn Vet is a global leader in veterinary medicine education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the only 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, seeing nearly 33,000 patients 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, treating 33,000 patients each year – 4,000 in the hospital and 29,000 at farms through the Field Service. In addition, New Bolton Center’s campus includes a swine center, working dairy, and poultry unit that provide valuable research for the agriculture industry.

For more information, visit www.vet.upenn.edu.