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Infectious Disease Experts to Explore “Bad Bugs,” Critical Care at First Tuesday Lecture

By Hannah Kleckner Published: Mar 27, 2018

When a “bad bug” strikes, do you know how to stop it?

[March 27, 2018; Kennett Square, PA] – Join New Bolton Center’s Drs. Helen Aceto, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Director of Biosecurity at the large animal hospital, and Rose Nolen-Walston, Associate Professor of Large Animal Internal Medicine, for an hour-long session on infectious diseases as part of the First Tuesday Lecture series.

The presentation, “Bad Bug, Bad Bug, Whatcha Gonna Do?” takes place on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in New Bolton Center’s Alumni Hall, 382 West Street Road, Kennett Square, PA.

Attendees will participate in an interactive lecture where they will try their hand at being a biosecurity officer at one of the busiest large animal hospitals in the country, listen to case scenarios, evaluate the best solutions for each situation, and discover how their biosecurity skills stack up.

Audience members will also learn about the James M. Moran, Jr. Critical Care Center, New Bolton Center’s cornerstone asset in fighting infectious diseases, such as strangles, equine coronavirus infection, and equine herpes myeloencephalopathy (EHM.) From a uniquely designed air-handling system to 24-hour-camera monitoring, the self-contained, climate-controlled structure boasts many state-of-the-art features designed to inhibit the spread of infectious organisms.

With 2018 shaping up to be a “big year” for equine herpesvirus, according to an article shared by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), understanding the importance of effective biosecurity measures, and being able to successfully implement them, is key to limiting the damage and risk factors of infectious diseases.

“The Moran Critical Care Center has been remarkably successful in containing contagious diseases, while delivering the very best patient care,” Aceto said. “The design of the facility itself and the additional biosecurity procedures have virtually eliminated the spread of pathogens between patients.”

The lecture is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Kindly register prior to the event at https://firsttuesdaynbc.eventbrite.com.

For any questions about the First Tuesday Lecture series, please contact Barbara Belt at 610-925-6500 or beltb@vet.upenn.edu.

About the First Tuesday Lecture Series:

The First Tuesday Lectures, free and open to the public, are presented September through December, and March through June. During the series, faculty and clinicians at New Bolton Center share current information on equine topics of interest to horse owners and caregivers. 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

Ranked among the top ten veterinary schools worldwide, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) is a global leader in veterinary education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the first 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, handling nearly 35,300 patient visits 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. The hospital handles nearly 5,300 patient visits a year, while the Field Service treats more than 38,000 patients at local farms. In addition, New Bolton Center’s campus includes a swine center, working dairy, and poultry unit that provide valuable research for the agriculture industry.

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