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Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital Designated One of the Nation’s First Veterinary Trauma Centers

By Ashley Berke Published: Apr 30, 2013

Distinction makes Ryan Hospital the only recognized 24/7 Veterinary Trauma Center within a 100 mile radius of Philadelphia

[April 29, 2013; Philadelphia, PA] – The American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC) has approved Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital as one of nine designated Veterinary Trauma Centers in the U.S. – and the only recognized 24/7 Veterinary Trauma Center within a 100 mile radius of Philadelphia. This prestigious distinction reflects Ryan Hospital’s comprehensive depth of resources available to animals suffering traumatic injuries.

The criteria and expectations for Veterinary Trauma Centers include:

  • The ability, on a 24/7 basis, to provide total care for every aspect of management of the small animal trauma patient, from emergency stabilization through definitive medical and surgical care and rehabilitation.
  • The availability of board-certified specialists for consultation seven days per week in the fields of emergency and critical care, surgery, and radiology.

At Ryan Hospital, patient care can be tailored to individual needs through a team-based approach that allows emergency/critical care veterinarians to work closely with board- certified surgeons, anesthesiologists, internists, radiologists, cardiologists, neurologists, and other specialists to ensure patients receive the specialized medical care they need.

“Our clients have access to board-certified specialists in every discipline,” said Bo Connell, Executive Director of Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital. “Our comprehensive capabilities, cutting-edge technology, and world-renowned specialists guarantee that the most up-to-date and advanced treatments are provided to our patients.”

Much like human trauma centers, Veterinary Trauma Centers also provide leadership in education and research. “Our recognized faculty and staff are pioneers in research on trauma, shock, and other emergency conditions,” added Connell.

One of the goals of the Veterinary Trauma Center network is to create a database of information related to animals sustaining trauma that can be used for multi-center veterinary trauma research. These hospitals will work collaboratively to define high standards of care and disseminate information that improves trauma patient management efficiencies and outcomes.

“This new designation creates a standard of care in veterinary medicine that didn’t previously exist and provides pet owners with important information in the event of a trauma-related emergency,” said Dr. Armelle de Laforcade, an emergency and critical care veterinarian at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and executive secretary of ACVECC. “Receiving care at a certified trauma center with the necessary resources in place may help improve survival rates for the most severely traumatized patient.”

About the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

ACVECC is a group of veterinary specialists who have undergone specialized training in the field of emergency and critical care. ACVECC has developed a rigorous training program that involves a multi-year residency in emergency and critical care, and focuses on the most up-to-date techniques for diagnosis and treatment of life-threatening disease and injury. After residency, veterinarians must pass a rigorous examination to become board-certified Diplomates of ACVECC (DACVECC). There are currently 450 board-certified DACVECCs worldwide.

About Penn Vet

Penn Vet is one of the world’s premier veterinary schools and is the only school in Pennsylvania graduating veterinarians. Founded in 1884, the school was built on the concept of Many Species, One MedicineTM. The birthplace of veterinary specialties, the school serves a distinctly diverse array of animal patients at its two campuses, from companion animals to horses to farm animals.

In Philadelphia, on Penn’s campus, are the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Ryan Hospital) for companion animals; classrooms; research laboratories; and the School’s administrative offices. The large-animal facility, New Bolton Center, in Kennett Square, PA, includes the George D. Widener Veterinary Hospital for large animals; diagnostic laboratories serving the agriculture industry; and research facilities to determine new treatment and diagnostic measures for large-animal diseases. For more information, visit

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 more than 34,600 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 more than 6,200 patient visits a year, while our Field Services have gone out on more than 5,500 farm service calls, treating some 18,700 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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