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Ryan Hospital Increases Access to Specialty Care through Launch of Affiliates Program

By Ashley Berke Published: Nov 23, 2015

Mount Laurel Animal Hospital First to Join

[November 23, 2015; Philadelphia, PA] – Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital is forming a network of referring veterinary practices in the region known as “Penn Vet Affiliates” to allow for increased access to Penn Vet specialists and clinical trials and to recognize clinical excellence. Mount Laurel Animal Hospital has been named the first Penn Vet Affiliate member.

As part of the Affiliate program, Mount Laurel Animal Hospital will have access to Penn Vet specialists who will provide on-site patient care at the Mount Laurel, NJ-based practice. The partnership also allows for Penn Vet residents and students to gain educational and training opportunities in a private practice setting.

“We are very excited to be Penn Vet's first affiliate hospital,” said Dr. Christopher Torre, Co-Owner of Mount Laurel Animal Hospital and a Penn Vet alumnus. “The level of medicine they provide is unparalleled, so we are thrilled to be able to offer this advanced level of medicine within our hospital in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.”

“There are many choices for specialty care in South Jersey; however, we are proud to offer a unique family friendly experience with the cutting-edge Penn Vet standard of medicine,” added Dr. Robert Mankowski, Co-Owner of Mount Laurel Animal Hospital and a Penn Vet alumnus. “In addition to serving the medical needs of dogs, cats, and exotic pets 24/7, we are excited to offer additional specialty services through Penn Vet.”

“We’ve listened to our clients, and what we’ve learned over the years is that they need increased access to the specialty care that we provide,” said Bo Connell, Executive Director of Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital. “By extending our board-certified specialists to affiliated practices, patients will receive the same standard of care available at Ryan Hospital, but in a location that is closer to home.”

In order to become a Penn Vet Affiliate, practices must meet specific criteria regarding patient care, personnel, continuing education, and more.

About Mount Laurel Animal Hospital

Serving the South Jersey community since 1976 and voted 2015’s “Best Veterinarian in Burlington County,” Mount Laurel Animal Hospital & 24 Hour Emergency Service provides compassionate and progressive veterinary care for a wide range of companion and exotic pets 24/7, 365 days a year. They feature specialty care services including cardiology, internal medicine, orthopedic surgery, ophthalmology, oncology, and even a convenient house call service, providing the care companion pets need right within their home.

Mount Laurel Animal Hospital’s ongoing community efforts include providing pro-bono medical care to police and fire dogs, hosting therapy dog evaluation events and human and canine blood drives, offering over 30 rescue organizations incentives and discounts to assist with medical needs, helping to save space at local shelters by offering felines a temporary home in their hospital while they await adoption, and hosting hospital and farm tours for class trips and scouts. In addition, they have developed a 501c3 charity, The Empath Project, to assist financially constrained pet owners get their pets the care they need in emergency situations.

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About Penn Vet

Penn Vet is a global leader in veterinary education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the only veterinary school developed in association with a medical school. The school is a proud member of the One Health Initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health.

Penn Vet serves a diverse population of animals at its two campuses, which include extensive diagnostic and research laboratories. Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia provides care for dogs, cats, and other domestic/companion animals, handling more than 30,000 patient visits a year. New Bolton Center, Penn Vet’s large-animal hospital on nearly 700 acres in rural Kennett Square, PA, cares for horses and livestock/farm animals. The hospital handles more than 4,000 patient visits a year, while the Field Service treats nearly 37,000 patients at local farms. In addition, New Bolton Center’s campus includes a swine center, working dairy, and poultry unit that provide valuable research for the agriculture industry.