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Research Centers, Programs, and Initiatives

Research Centers, Programs & Initiatives

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.

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
  • Neuroscience

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.


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The Section of Medical Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine has been in the forefront of reporting and characterizing hereditary diseases in companion animals for more than 40 years, including research to uncover the genetic basis and developing genetic tests for canine and feline diseases.

PennGen is a genetic testing facility operated through the Section of Medical Genetics as a collection of not-for-profit laboratories offering testing for a variety of genetic diseases, metabolic screening for inborn errors of metabolism, hematological, and other diagnostic services. 

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Research Initiatives

A few of our breakthrough research initiatives include:

  • Agriculture@PennVet

    Ag@PennVet logoUniquely positioned at the intersection of animal, human, and environmental health, Penn Vet offers advanced diagnostic services, and distinct expertise, to address some of industry’s most pressing challenges:

    • Enhancing, and advancing, the quality of life for animals
    • Ensuring economic viability for farmers
    • Protecting a safe food supply


    Learn more about Agriculture@PennVet...


  • Translational Retinal Therapies

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    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.

    Read More About The Experimental Retinal Therapies 

  • Immunotherapy for Canine Cancers

    Dr. Nicola Mason, Canine Cancer StudiesFocusing 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

    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. van 4242The 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

    Dr. Thomas SchaerThe 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.

    Learn more about Preclinical Service Core/CORL...


  • Swine Group

    swine-box4The 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.

    Learn more about the Swine Group...

Special Programs

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

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    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.

    Learn more about Shelter Medicine...