At Penn Vet, our challenge is to advance the field of veterinary medicine, and by extension, all science.
The work we do here is diverse—from dinosaurs to dogs, from cytokine biology to cell engineering, from mitochondria to mapping avian flu outbreaks, our researchers are in constant motion, advancing the scientific knowledge base.
Learn about the many ways Penn Vet's world-renowned researchers push the boundaries of scientific discovery by reading about our groundbreaking initiatives and research centers.
Penn Vet's research centers are recognized throughout the nation and the world for groundbreaking advances in:
- Comparative oncology
- Health and productivity in food animal herds and flocks
- Infectious disease
- Regenerative medicine
We chose these thematic areas because they cover the major areas of biomedical science and we have outstanding scientists and clinicians working in each of these fields. Just a few of our achievements include our advances in stem cell biology, our strong parasite immunology group, our successes in treating inherited diseases in dogs and cats using gene therapy, our remarkable programs in clinical and basic neuroscience, and our basic and emerging translational work in comparative oncology. In research that impacts humans and non-humans alike, Penn Vet is leading the way toward eminence in veterinary scientific investigation.
Learn more about Penn Vet's research centers, highlighted below.
A few of our breakthrough research initiatives include:
Translational Retinal Therapies
The Division of Experimental Retinal Therapies (ExpeRTs) is actively engaged in multiple research projects relating to the inheritance of retinal degenerations in dogs, humans, and other mammals. These include efforts to identify the genes and locate the mutations associated with several separately inherited forms of progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), a significant disease of dogs that is also the genetic analog of retinitis pigmentosa, a group of retinal degenerations inherited in human families. In parallel to these studies, the Division of ExpeRTs is involved in developing or applying novel therapeutic approaches for the treatment of inherited retinal degenerations.
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Immunotherapy for Canine Cancers
Focusing on canine cancer, Dr. Nicola Mason and her team of researchers focus on developing novel approaches to generate functional, tumor-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes. One approach involves active immunization using whole tumor RNA loaded CD40 activated B cells, aimed at activating tumor specific T cells in vivo.
Learn more about immunotherapy research in dogs...
Laminitis is a common and debilitating disease that affects the folded and interdigitating tissues, called the lamellae, which connect the hoof wall to the underlying tissues of the horse’s foot. The lamellae normally allow the transfer of the horse's weight from the skeletal elements of the digit to the hoof wall. Dr. Galantino-Homer founded the Galantino-Homer Laminitis Laboratory at New Bolton Center in 2008. The Laminitis Laboratory was formed in part due to the tragic loss of the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner, Barbaro, to laminitis in January, 2007. Most recently, Laminitis expert Dr. Andrew van Eps has joined New Bolton Center to work on this life threatening equine condition.
- Preclinical Service Core
The Preclinical Service Core (CORL) at New Bolton Center has extensive experience testing novel orthopedic trauma systems in a variety of models in both academic and industrially-driven settings. This uniquely qualifies this team to advise and assist with all stages of project development and device testing. CORL's excellently equipped facilities enable in vitro and ex vivo pre-surgical planning, test article design and development as well as mechanical testing.
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The Penn Vet Swine Group comprises swine production medicine and ;swine reproduction research, and research in swine welfare behavior. We offer modern and humane models for swine facilities, the Pennsylvania Regional Control Program for swine disease, and a laboratory dedicated to the differential diagnosis of individual/herd/flock reproductive problems.
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Penn Vet offers several groundbreaking programs that integrate knowledge across our core disciplines: research, education, and service. One such program blends teaching, clinical care, and research and serves our Greater Philadelphia community.
Shelter Medicine Program
Penn Vet's Shelter Medicine Program
Penn Vet's Shelter Medicine program teams up with the Humane Society of the United States and their Pets for Life program. Pets for Life provides free spay/neuter and wellness care for pets in underserved communities.
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