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Patrick Reilly to Present a Virtual Tour of Penn Vet’s Unique Farrier Museum

By Sally Silverman Published: Apr 15, 2013

Free lecture is part of Penn Vet’s First Tuesday Lecture Series Tuesday, May 7, 6:30-7:30 PM

[April 15, 2013; Kennett Square, PA] – On Tuesday, May 7 at 6:30 PM, Penn Vet will present a special lecture, The Penn Vet Podological Museum: The Farrier-Vet Connection Through the Years, as part of the First Tuesday Lecture Series at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, PA. The series offers the public open lectures on equine topics, at no charge, the first Tuesday of each month.

The May 7 lecture will be presented in New Bolton Center’s Alumni Hall by Patrick Reilly, chief of farrier services at New Bolton Center. The farrier service at New Bolton Center is one of the oldest and most well-respected programs in the country, providing clinical service to horses with complex problems and participating in the education of veterinary students. Reilly also serves as director of the applied polymer research laboratory, exploring new materials and techniques to advance hoof care.

“The horseshoes and specimens of the University of Pennsylvania’s unusual Podological Museum provide an interesting view of horses and their care in the 19th century,” says Reilly. Despite numerous advances, some of the basic methods of hoof care have changed little over the centuries; this presentation also will examine how the past might influence the future concepts of hoof care.

The First Tuesday Lecture Series offers faculty and clinicians at New Bolton Center an opportunity to share current information on topics of interest and relevance to horse owners and caregivers throughout the region. In June, the First Tuesday lecture will focus on Equine Anesthesia. The series takes a break in July and August and will resume the first Tuesday of September.

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Though the lectures are free, seating is limited. Please RSVP to

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 35,000 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 4,900 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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