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Performing the mapping of Sophie’s heart and the ablation procedure was a team effort, involving experts from both Penn Vet and the Perelman School of Medicine.

This Penn heart patient is a 9-year-old boxer dog named Sophie

For Karen Cortellino, her 9-year-old dog Sophie is more than just a companion.

“There’s this bumper sticker that says, ‘Rescue dogs: Who rescued who?’” says Cortellino, a physician from New Jersey. “That’s exactly how I feel.” Eight years ago, she adopted Sophie, a boxer, two weeks after the death of the family’s first boxer, and “she’s been Mommy’s baby ever since.”

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Penn Vet Puts Service into Action

Penn Vet will host a free dog and cat vaccination and wellness clinic from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Monday, January 15th at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital at 3900 Spruce Street. The wellness clinic reflects the School’s commitment to honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy.

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Taking Blood Using ‘Push-Pull’ Method Gets Accurate Results With Fewer Pokes

A new study by University of Pennsylvania veterinary researchers has found that blood samples collected from an intravenous catheter using a special “mixing” technique are as accurate as those collected via venipuncture, in which a needle is used to access the vein directly.

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Researchers on the Front Line in a ‘Gangbusters’ Year for Lyme Disease

Before winter had even ended, the warnings came in: 2017 was going to be a bad one for Lyme disease. Anecdotally, the experience of Anne Norris, an infectious disease physician and associate professor of clinical medicine at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine, backs this up.

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Dr. Michael Mison Named Director and Chief Medical Officer of Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital

The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) announces the appointment of Dr. Michael Mison, DVM, to Ryan Hospital Director and Chief Medical Officer. Mison also will continue in his role as Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery.

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Metropolitan Veterinary Associates and Emergency Services Joins Penn Vet Affiliates Program

Metropolitan Veterinary Associates and Emergency Services (MVA) in Valley Forge, PA, is the first specialty veterinary practice to join the Penn Vet Affiliates network. Recognized for its clinical excellence, MVA will now have increased access to Penn Vet specialists, clinical trials, advanced equipment, and diagnostic laboratories.

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Dr. Oliver Garden Joins Penn Vet as Chair of the Department of Clinical Studies-Philadelphia

The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) announces the appointment of Dr. Oliver Garden, BSc, BVetMed, PhD, as Chair of the Department of Clinical Studies-Philadelphia.

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Saving Our Most Vulnerable Dogs

Thanks to the Richard Lichter Charity for Dogs, at-risk canines are getting much needed and expensive care at Penn Vet's Ryan Hospital.

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Important Tips from Penn Vet to Keep Pets Safe in Cold Weather

The cold weather is here and extra care needs to be taken to keep companion animals comfortable and healthy throughout the winter season. Dr. Kenneth Drobatz, Chief of the Emergency Service at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital, offers the following tips:

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Important Tips from Penn Vet to Keep Pets Safe During the Holidays

Dr. Lisa Murphy, Penn Vet’s Associate Professor of Toxicology, and Dr. Kenneth Drobatz, Chief of the Emergency Service at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital, offer the following tips to keep pets healthy and out of the emergency room during the holidays.

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

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.

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Saving Lives by Saving Limbs

With a generous grant from the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association and the Kislak Family Foundation, Penn Vet is helping to save the limbs – and lives – of animals at shelter organizations. Through this pilot program, “Saving Lives by Saving Limbs,” surgeons and students repair the fractured limbs of animals at risk for amputation or euthanasia.

Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital: Open for Pets During the Papal Visit

Hospitals across the Philadelphia area are making special arrangements to help human patients in need of care during the upcoming Papal visit. But what about our animal companions? The Emergency Service at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital will be open 24 hours a day throughout the Papal visit to care for pets in need.

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Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital Welcomes Three New Clinicians

The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) announces the appointment of Brady Beale, VMD, as Staff Ophthalmologist, Elaine Holt, DVM, as Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, and Michael Mison, DVM, as Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery.

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Canine Craniofacial Patients Help Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Craniofacial Patients Embrace Differences

It has been well-documented that the human-animal connection provides a powerful healing bond. This bond will be evidenced at the third annual “Best Friends Bash” on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, as craniofacial patients from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) meet eight canines who have undergone similar craniofacial procedures or overcome other health challenges. The event coincides with National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month.

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Andrew R. and Mindy H. Heyer Lobby Opens at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital

Clients and pets alike can enjoy the newly renovated lobby at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital. Andrew and Mindy Heyer generously funded the $1.5 million, six-month renovation project. New features include:

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Glowing dye may aid in eliminating cancer

"Clean margins” are a goal of cancer excision surgery. If even a small piece of cancerous tissue is left behind, it increases the likelihood of a local recurrence and spread of the disease, possibly reducing overall survival time.

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Helping pets cope with quarantine, and reopening

Stay-at-home orders and social distancing mean many of people have been cut off from friends and family. But certain relationships have become more intimate amid the pandemic: those between people and their pets. 

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Ryan Hospital Designated a Certified Level I Facility by the Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society

The Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society (VECCS) has named Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital a Level I Facility, making it the first university-based hospital to receive the prestigious designation.

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Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital Designated One of the Nation’s First Veterinary Trauma Centers

The American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC) has approved Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital as one of nine designated Veterinary Trauma Centers in the U.S. – and the only recognized 24/7 Veterinary Trauma Center within a 100 mile radius of Philadelphia. This prestigious distinction reflects Ryan Hospital’s comprehensive depth of resources available to animals suffering traumatic injuries.