Penn Vet | Groundbreaking Research
New Bolton Center Kennett Square, PA
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Ryan Hospital Philadelphia, PA

Groundbreaking Research

Accelerating Penn Vet’s Impact on the World

From large to small, from molecular to systemic, research at Penn Vet continues to push the limits of what we know about our world. We tackle complex issues such as cancer, molecular genetics, and blindness. We investigate how microbes such as bacteria and parasites impact both animal and human health. And we continue to develop solutions to pressing global issues such as humane food production, sustainable food security and zoonotic disease.

To continue to lead the profession in our four key areas of research; infectious disease, neuroscience, comparative oncology, and regenerative and stem cell biology, Penn Vet needs to support faculty focused on basic, translational, and clinical research who will create new knowledge, develop novel therapies for animals and inform human health.

Stories of Research Innovation

Dr. Klaus Hopster, Penn Vet New Bolton Center

Ventilating with mixture of helium and oxygen improves outcomes for horses in surgery

A horse in general surgery is an awkward sight. For the best access, the animals may be placed on their sides or even their backs, a position that puts considerable pressure on their internal organs, often leading to partial lung collapse. In spite of using oxygen-rich ventilation, blood oxygen levels can fall to dangerous levels during lengthy procedures.


Knockdown and replace: A gene therapy twofer to treat blindness

The last year has seen milestones in the gene therapy field, with FDA approvals to treat cancer and an inherited blinding disorder. New findings from a team led by University of Pennsylvania vision scientists, who have taken gene therapies into clinical trials in the past, are proving successful, this time treating a form of retinitis pigmentosa, a disease that progressively robs people of their night and peripheral vision before blindness develops.

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Research Fellowships

Research Fellowships are a two-year program for exemplary VMD/DVMs or PhDs. This program addresses the shortage of clinician-scientists by training researchers to become independent investigators, in either academics or industry, through high-level mentorships and laboratory training.

Research Fellowships address the shortage of clinician-scientists by training researchers to become independent investigators.

Research Program Funds

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  • Biomedical Research Funds

    Biomedical research is critical to understanding and advancing both veterinary and human health. Your gift will support research in disciplines such as genetics, the microbiome, retinal blindness, disorders of bones, joints and soft tissues, and diseases of the central nervous system and its involvement in diseases ranging from neurodegenerative disorders to obesity.

  • Companion Animal Research Fund

    The Companion Animal Research Fund enables donors at all levels with the opportunity to help clinicians solve some of the most daunting veterinary problems our companion animals face. Donors can make individual gifts, or hold a fundraiser in honor of their beloved pet or favorite veterinarian.

  • Animal Welfare Fund

    The welfare and treatment of all animals is at the heart of veterinary medicine. Faculty and students at Penn Vet are engaged in ground-breaking research in behavior and ethics; the humane housing of sows; the training of working dogs for scent detection to benefit public safety and human health as well as a growing shelter medicine program that serves the region’s shelters.

  • The Penn Vet Cancer Center

    In 2018, an estimated 1.7 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States, and 600,000 people will die from the disease.  Approximately 17,000 of those diagnosed with cancer each year are children between the ages of 1-19. 

    Dogs get cancer at roughly the same rate as humans. One in four dogs will develop a tumor of some kind during its lifetime. While cancer is not as common in cats as it is in dogs, feline cancer tends to be more aggressive. And because cats have a tendency to mask illnesses, it can be harder to detect.

Helen Radenkovic, Penn Vet 

Support Our Research

Interested in learning about how you can support Penn Vet's innovative research?

Contact: Helen Radenkovic, Director of Development for Companion Animals