of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
Facts & Figures
in 1884, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
was established at the urging of the University's School of Medicine.
It was recognized that prevention and control of animal diseases had
important implications for human health. Human and veterinary medicine
were viewed as "one medicine.
This principle encouraged close
ties between the two schools and today there are many comparative
medical research projects on diseases that occur in animals and
Veterinary School has two campuses -- one on Penn's campus in
Philadelphia, the location of the majority of the classrooms, research
facilities, and administrative offices and the companion animal
hospital, the Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (VHUP).
The large animal facility is at New Bolton Center in Kennett Square,
Pa., about 35 miles from the city campus. The George D. Widener
Hospital for Large Animals, classrooms, diagnostic laboratories, and
research facilities are located here on 660 acres.
treats companion animals and has the largest caseload of a
university-associated veterinary teaching hospital. Of the more than
27,000 patient visits annually, close to 10,000 come though the
24-hour Emergency Service (ES). More than 50% of the cases are
referrals from practitioners throughout the region. VHUP offers all
veterinary specialties as well as a genetics and pediatrics clinic,
and grief counseling.
VHUP is staffed by 67 clinicians, 54 residents and interns, and more
than 90 veterinary technicians and nurses. The hospital features six
sterile operating rooms and two minor surgery rooms. Diagnostics and
treatment equipment include a CT scanner, several ultrasound stations,
digital and conventional radiography equipment, operating microscope
for delicate surgeries such kidney transplants, equipment for cataract
surgeries, endoscope, laparoscope, arthroscope, and Doppler ultrasound
for cardiac diagnostics. The in-house clinical laboratory handles
diagnostic tests as well as clinical pathology.
hospital's wards can accommodate about 150 patients. Wards are
specialized and include an oncology ward and treatment area, special
species ward, and an isolation ward as well as the Intensive Care Unit
(ICU) and a step-down fluid ward. VHUP's ES and ICU provide the most
advanced critical care veterinary medicine available anywhere and are
internationally recognized leaders in the field. VHUP's blood mobile
makes trips to blood drives two to three times a week. About 1,000
canines are active donors.
George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals at New Bolton Center
sees horses and food and fiber animals during more than 6,000 patient
visits annually. The Field Service sees more than 19,000 animals. The
hospital offers 24-hour Emergency Service.
facilities include an operating suite for orthopedic surgeries that is
adjacent to a recovery pool where animals can safely emerge from
anesthesia. The ICU is housed in a building designed for the critical
care of seriously ill large animals. One wing converts to a neonatal
unit during foaling season. Diagnostic and treatment equipment at the
hospital includes a high speed treadmill where sophisticated
endoscopic and cardiac work-ups can be performed. Nuclear scintigraphy,
ultrasonography, radiography are available as well as arthroscopic and
hospital is staffed by 25 clinicians, 20 interns and residents and 54
veterinary technicians and nurses. The hospital complex includes the
Connelly Intensive Care Unit/Graham French Neonatal Section, Jeffords
Treadmill facility, C. Mahlon Kline Orthopedic and Rehabilitation
Center, William B. Boucher Field Service, Georgia and Philip Hofmann
Research Center for Animal Reproduction, nuclear medicine building,
farrier shop, and barns to house about 150 animals. The Scott Equine
Sports Medicine Building is under construction and will be occupied in
the summer of 2002.
Bolton Center also accommodates research laboratories, diagnostic
laboratories, the Marshak Dairy, and a state-of-the-art swine
part of a major research university, the School of Veterinary Medicine
has strong basic science and clinical research programs. The School
attracted more than $18 million in outside research funding in the
2000/2001 fiscal year with a majority of the support coming from NIH
grants. Currently there are over 140 active research projects.
further strengthen research the School has established
interdisciplinary Centers of Excellence where basic science and
clinical faculty work together:
Center for Animal Health and Productivity
Center for Aquatic Animal Medicine and Pathology
Center for Comparative Medical Genetics
Mari Lowe Center for Comparative Oncology
Allam Center for Equine Sports Medicine
Center for Animal Transgenesis and Germ Cell Biology
Center for Infectious Diseases and Food Safety
Center for the Interaction of Animals and Society
Center for Veterinary Critical Care