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New Bolton Center Kennett Square, PA
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Ryan Hospital Philadelphia, PA

Advancing Dental & Oral Surgery

Date: Mar 20, 2020

The Power of Penn Vet Campaign, part of Penn’s larger $4.1 billion campaign, will enable the School to accelerate our impact in the areas of clinical care, research, and education. With its $130 million goal, The Power of Penn Vet will support:

  • Training new generations of veterinarians
  • Reinventing academic programs
  • Transforming clinical care
  • Impacting the world

In just its second year, the campaign has already been transformational...

Advancing Dental and Oral Surgery

Schematic of the DOS suite expansion and renovationPenn Vet is the birthplace of the Dentistry and Oral Surgery (DOS) veterinary specialty. As experts in dentistry and complex oral surgery, like cleft palate repair, Penn Vet’s DOS service is sought by clients from across the nation and attracts the finest students and residents from around the world. The service has expanded greatly over the last 35 years, but its current physical space cannot accommodate future growth in surgical capacity.

The Power of Penn Vet will support a DOS suite expansion and renovation that will:

  • Double the space of the dental operatory, increasing surgical stations from two to three, with the option of a fourth station to accommodate busy days
  • Introduce technology — TV screens and cameras — at every surgical station to enhance how we teach students and residents
  • Establish a space to house a Cone Beam CT unit, an advanced imaging modality that allows for 3D imaging of hard tissue structures

For one of Ryan Hospital’s busiest services, the project’s impact will:

  • Deliver care to more patients and significantly shorten appointment wait times
  • Generate, with Cone Beam CT, sharper images that will greatly enhance our clinicians’ ability to plan for complex surgeries
  • Further our faculty’s understanding of various oral diseases and conditions, including cancers in the head and neck
  • Transform how we train future veterinarians, as well as dentistry and oral surgery specialists

Because of its immediate proximity to nine other surgery suites, the Cone Beam CT will provide more efficient care for other surgical patients, such as neurology and orthopedics. This state-of-the-art facility will reflect Penn Vet’s renowned DOS expertise. 

Dr. Alexander Reiter in surgery

“This project will build upon Penn Vet’s reputation as a regional and national destination for the most advanced care of companion animals with complex dental and oral surgical conditions.”

Dr. Alexander M. Reiter, head of the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service1t5

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