Clinical Services offered at Ryan Veterinary Hospital are augmented by an elite team of veterinary technicians. Each department offers its technicians the opportunity to specialize their skills in an area of veterinary medicine.
Rosemary Lombardi, CVT, VTS (ECC)
Director, Veterinary Technicians, Ryan Hospital
Joining Penn Vet in 1991, Rosemary Lombardi rose through the ranks to become director of Ryan’s veterinary technical staff.
A passionate supporter of patient and nursing advocacy, she supervises, oversees, and mentors all Ryan veterinary technicians. She is renowned nationally for her supervisory and advanced nursing skills, and won the prestigious Penn Models of Excellence Award.
Penn Vet's Partnership with Harcum College
In 1972, Harcum College located in Bryn Mawr, PA, began a new program for those that wanted to dedicate their lives to the nursing care of animals. The Veterinary Technology Program at Harcum College has been a success ever since. In 1975, Harcum collaborated with Penn Vet at both Ryan Veterinary Hospital and New Bolton Center to form an alliance that would support education and the growth of the veterinary technician field. The American Veterinary Medical Association accredited this program that year, and the program has held its accreditation status every year since.
The program consists of two years (or four semesters) of classroom learning, but Harcum doesn’t stop there. In order to graduate from the program, students are required to complete two three-month practica at both New Bolton Center, Penn Vet's large animal hospital in Kennett Square, PA, and Ryan Hospital for Companion Annimals, located in Philadelphia. Students are given the opportunity to use their knowledge in a clinical setting.
During the students' time here at the small animal hospital, they rotate through six of the major departments for two week intervals totaling 12 weeks. The departments include the Emergency Service, Intensive Care Unit, Wards, Anesthesia, Surgery and Radiology. The nursing staff of Penn Vet runs this program with one nurse overseeing the entire program. The nursing staff is responsible for teaching, guiding and nurturing our future generation of Certified Veterinary Technicians.
The combination of a stellar education provided by Harcum College in the classroom and the invaluable clinical experience received at Penn Vet has led to hundreds of graduated veterinary technicians over the years.