School of Veterinary Medicine

Physical rehab helps ‘rock star’ Ranger walk again

After successful surgery to relieve spinal compression, four-year-old Australian cattle dog Ranger faced just a 50 percent chance of ever regaining use of his back legs. Penn Vet's rehab team aimed to get the pup back on his feet.

Penn Today Staff

Sniffing for science

In the “Citizen Science” course at the School of Veterinary Medicine’s Working Dog Center, Meghan Ramos and Tessa Seales work with dog owners to enhance their pups’ scent detection skills, with an eye toward bolstering the Center’s research.

Katherine Unger Baillie

Getting science right in the fake news era

Over his career as a science journalist, Carl Zimmer has seen legitimate science reporting denied and illegitimate science news taken as fact. In advance of a talk at Penn, Zimmer discusses the problem of misinformation and offers tips for avoiding being fooled by bogus science stories.

Katherine Unger Baillie

Staging the plague

Eighty-one students training in a diversity of health professions worked with regional and federal agencies to confront an imagined outbreak scenario centered around bubonic plague in Philadelphia.

Katherine Unger Baillie

In the News

“The Pulse,” (WHYY Radio)

Is it safe for your dog to drink from the toilet?

The School of Veterinary Medicine’s Shelley Rankin warned of the hazards of letting dogs drink toilet water. In addition to the possibility of pets getting sick, Rankin said, “there are a whole bunch of diseases that we call zoonoses, that are technically present in animals and can be transmitted to humans.”



Spooky: Dogs snatch Halloween limelight from black cats, bats

The School of Veterinary Medicine’s James Serpell described the relationship between dog owners and their animals as a “kind of dress rehearsal for parenting” and the popularity of pet costumes as “part of a national trend toward treating pets, especially dogs, as junior family members.”


Philadelphia Inquirer

The rise of the fat cat and how to put yours on a weight loss plan

“You need to create a lifestyle for the cat that helps it both lose weight and also be happy,” said Carlos Siracusa of the School of Veterinary Medicine. Siracusa recommended feeding cats in ways more appropriate to their natural instincts, providing small meals throughout the day and beyond the bowl to help simulate hunting.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Guess what these young dinosaurs ate when their parents weren’t looking

Peter Dodson of the School of Veterinary Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences offered commentary on young dinosaurs’ ability to independently forage for vegetation. “It seems like a pretty fair bet that there wasn’t parental care,” said Dodson.


The New York Times

Dog deaths after grooming documented, but link uncertain

Perry Habecker of the School of Veterinary Medicine said that, while dogs dying at the groomer is uncommon, the mere possibility is one of groomers’ biggest fears.