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The Dope on Drug Testing Presented by Dr. Lawrence Soma

By Sally Silverman Published: Mar 4, 2013

The free lecture is part of Penn Vet’s First Tuesday Lecture Series Tuesday, April 2, 6:30-7:30 PM

[February 20, 2013; Kennett Square, PA] –On Tuesday, April 2, Penn Vet will present The Dope on New Drug Research and Testing. The lecture is part of the First Tuesdays 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 April 2 lecture will be presented in New Bolton Center’s Alumni Hall by Lawrence Soma, VMD. Dr. Soma is Professor of Anesthesia and the Marilyn M. Simpson Professor of Veterinary Medicine at New Bolton Center. He has spent much of his career developing standards to effectively test for illegal substances in racehorses.

“The methods used for doping control in the equine athlete have made great strides in the last decade,” says Dr. Soma. The presentation will illustrate many of the advances in surveillance capabilities and discuss the many challenges that still exist in identifying the newer protein based drugs, peptides and naturally occurring substances that are now available.

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. Upcoming lecture topics include The Penn Vet Podologic Museum (May) and Equine Anesthesia (June).

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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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