School of Veterinary Medicine

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

Game Commission and Penn Vet partner to protect wildlife

The Pennsylvania Wildlife Futures Program will increase disease surveillance, management, and research to better protect wildlife throughout the state from a spread of diseases, including chronic wasting disease and West Nile virus.

Penn Today Staff

100th puppy

An 8-week-old black Labrador retriever is the 100th puppy to enter the Penn Vet Working Dog Center research-based training program.

Louisa Shepard

In the News

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.



Study finds kittens bond with their human caregivers like babies do

Carlo Siracusa of the School of Veterinary Medicine advised readers to keep in mind that while babies and kittens are similar, they’re not analogous; scientific findings about one may not hold true for the other. “We should be open-minded about the idea that there are other variables [at play],” he said.


Fox News

Dogs of 9/11: Search and rescue canines worked tirelessly in the days following terror attacks

Cindy Otto of the School of Veterinary Medicine and the Penn Vet Working Dog Center praised the search and rescue dogs that assisted first responders on Sept. 11, 2001. Otto herself was deployed to Ground Zero to treat dogs returning from searches at the time.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Breeding has shaped dogs’ brains, MRI scans reveal

Wilfried Mai of the School of Veterinary Medicine weighed in on a study that analyzed cognitive differences between dog breeds. “The paper demonstrates very nicely differences in brain morphology with either reduction or hypertrophy [larger size] of certain brain areas that are known to be associated with specific behaviors,” he said.