New Bolton Center Kennett Square, PA
Emergencies & Appointments:
Ryan Hospital Philadelphia, PA


Assistant Professor of Laboratory Animal Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

Director for Veterinary Clinical Care and Co-Director Residency Program, University of Pennsylvania-Laboratory Animal Medicine
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Assessment of pain in research rodents, refinements in the care of research animals

As lab animal veterinarians, one of our most important duties is to ensure that our patients receive the best management and with minimal pain and distress while they are under our care. I am interested in pain assessment, better analgesic intervention, and enrichment in research animals, particularly rodents and aquatics.

My clinical responsibilities include providing/overseeing veterinary care for research animals of many species to include rodents, pigs, sheep, dogs, fish, and frogs across the University of Pennsylvania campus. I also participate in the training of veterinary students and veterinary residents who want to specialize in laboratory animal medicine.

Davis, J. N., Greer, W., Banks, R. E., Philips, B. H., Marx, J. O. Postapproval Monitoring Practices at Biomedical Research Facilities J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci 58: 469-474, 2019.

Rodriguez, I., Philips, B. H., Miedel, E. L., Bright, L. A., LaTourette Ii, P. C., Carty, A. J., Witschey, W. R., Gorman, R. C., Gorman Iii, J. H., Marx, J. O. Hydromorphone-induced Neurostimulation in a Yorkshire Swine (Sus scrofa) after Myocardial Infarction Surgery J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci 58: 601-605, 2019.

Wallace, C. K., Bell, S. E., LaTourette, P. C., 2nd, Miedel, E. M., Carty, A. J., Philips, B. H. Suspected Anaphylactic Reaction to Ketamine in 3 Yucatan Swine (Sus scrofa) Comp Med 69: 419-424, 2019.

Philips, Blythe H., Browne, Kevin D., Cullen, D. Kacy, Jaber, Samer M. Rat Models of Central Nervous System Injury The Laboratory Rat (3rd ed.) : 1023-1075, 2019.

Kartha, S., Weisshaar, C. L., Philips, B. H., Winkelstein, B. A. Pre-treatment with Meloxicam Prevents the Spinal Inflammation and Oxidative Stress in DRG Neurons that Accompany Painful Cervical Radiculopathy Neuroscience 388: 393-404, 2018.

Philips, B. H., Weisshaar, C. L., Winkelstein, B. A. Use of the Rat Grimace Scale to Evaluate Neuropathic Pain in a Model of Cervical Radiculopathy Comp Med 67: 34-42, 2017.

Johnston, J. M., Philips, B. H., Carty, A. J., Klein, P. S., Brice, A. K. Collagenoma in an African Clawed Frog (Xenopus laevis) Comp Med 66: 21-4, 2016.

Philips, B. H., Loria, K. O., Sirivelu, M. P., Jaber, S. M., Allen-Worthington, K. H., Veeder, C. L., Brice, A. K. Pathology in Practice: Pericardial effusion in a 4-week old piglet J Am Vet Med Assoc 249: 755-7, 2016.

Philips, B. H., Crim, M. J., Hankenson, F. C., Steffen, E. K., Klein, P. S., Brice, A. K., Carty, A. J. Evaluation of Presurgical Skin Preparation Agents in African Clawed Frogs (Xenopus laevis) J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci 54: 788-98, 2015.

Philips, B. H., Susman, T. C., Powell, W. H. Developmental differences in elimination of 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) during Xenopus laevis development Mar Environ Res 62 Suppl: S34-7, 2006.

BA (Biology) Kenyon College, 2005

VMD (Veterinary Medicine) University of Pennsylvania, 2011

MSEd (Medical Education) University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, 2024

Dogs & Cats Veterinary Referral and Emergency (2011 to 2012)
Rotating small animal medicine, surgery, and emergency intern

University of Pennsylvania (2012 to 2015)
Laboratory animal medicine resident