School of Veterinary Medicine

Three Penn faculty named 2019 AAAS Fellows

Three from Penn have been named to the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s newest class of Fellows: Carolyn Gibson of the School of Dental Medicine, Sampath Kannan of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Ellen Puré of the School of Veterinary Medicine.

Katherine Unger Baillie

Identifying a gene for canine night blindness

An international team of researchers led by the School of Veterinary Medicine’s Keiko Miyadera has identified the gene mutation responsible for a form of night blindness in dogs. Strategies to treat this condition could also inform treatment of other diseases that rely on targeting this cell type.

Katherine Unger Baillie

In the News


Man dies after being licked by his dog and contracting rare infection

Stephen Cole of the School of Veterinary Medicine said that capnocytophaga canimorsus, a bacterium found in the mouths of some pets, is “completely normal flora of a dog’s mouth and usually doesn’t cause any sort of significant disease. However, in the wrong place, at the wrong time, in the wrong patient ... it can lead to severe infections—but very, very rarely.”


The New York Times

How Narwhal the ‘unicorn’ puppy may have grown a tail on his head

Margret Casal of the School of Veterinary Medicine explained that the puppy with a tail on its face that went viral is likely the result of another embryo that didn’t fully separate in utero.


Quanta Magazine

Cells that ‘taste’ danger set off immune responses

De’Broski Herbert of the School of Veterinary Medicine spoke about the presence of tuft cells, which are covered in taste receptors, in the lungs of mice infected with influenza.


Huffington Post

What to do if your dog eats weed

Kenneth Drobatz of the School of Veterinary Medicine spoke about the increase in cases of pets who have ingested marijuana. “We see this a lot during the holiday season when kids come home from college and bring home brownies or something like that,” he said.


Philadelphia Magazine

A new cannabis study is launching in Philly — for your dog

Kimberly Agnello of the School of Veterinary Medicine is quoted on her work studying the safety and efficacy in CBD use for dogs.