School of Veterinary Medicine

Providing care from a distance

Telemedicine is a critical tool in the COVID-19 epidemic. Clinicians at the medical, dental, and veterinary schools are making use of virtual encounters to keep providing patients with safe, timely, quality care.

Katherine Unger Baillie

Demystifying feline behavior

Carlo Siracusa and James Serpell of the School of Veterinary Medicine contextualize recent findings in cat behavior science, debunk some cat-related myths, and explain why our kitties are not just “low-maintenance dogs.”

Katherine Unger Baillie

In the News

WHYY (Philadelphia)

Think you’re young and safe from COVID-19? Your immune system might disagree

Christopher Hunter of the School of Veterinary Medicine said young people are at risk of developing a cytokine storm in response to COVID-19. “While the vast majority of young people are going to be fine, we’re seeing reports here and there of when this isn’t going to be the case,” he said.



Sit, stay forever: Americans willing to pay top dollar to keep old dogs alive

Anna Gelzer of the School of Veterinary Medicine spoke about the increase in spending on life-extending medical care for dogs. “Dogs are like a person, a family member,” she said.



Quarantine the cat? Disinfect the dog? The latest advice about the coronavirus and your pets

Shelley Rankin of the School of Veterinary Medicine addressed the risk of COVID-19 infection in pets. While the virus could theoretically attach to receptors in the cells of cats and dogs, it’s unlikely, she said. “Still, people infected with SARS-CoV-19 should limit contact with their pets. Wash your hands, and don’t let them lick you on the face.”


Philadelphia Inquirer

Women’s work: 12 stories of female success and struggle in male-dominated fields

PIK Professor Dorothy Roberts, Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts of Sciences, and Julie Engiles of the School of Veterinary Medicine were interviewed for a photo-essay about being women in the workplace.


Scientific American

Three fourths of dogs are angst-ridden—and owners may be partly to blame

James Serpell of the School of Veterinary Medicine said an uptick in dog anxiety stems in part from owners failing to properly socialize their pets. “It’s a sort of helicopter-parenting concept applied to dogs,” he said. “Animals are not getting enough exposure to normal social interactions, play behavior and roughhousing with other dogs. That’s asking for trouble.”