School of Veterinary Medicine

Penn One Health goes abroad

In August, Penn Vet student James Ferrara will combine veterinary research and public health outreach in Nepal, where he will join a team of graduate students conducting research on Campylobacter, a bacteria found in unpasteurized milk, that is prone to cause infection.

Jacob Williamson-Rea

In the News

Philadelphia Inquirer

How to Keep Your Dogs and Cats Cool When It’s Hot

The School of Veterinary Medicine’s Ken Drobatz offered advice for keeping dogs safe in the summer heat. Cats, said Drobatz, are less prone to over-exercising and will instinctively “decrease their activity and find a cool area to just lay there.”


The Atlantic

Protecting Police Dogs from Fentanyl

Cynthia Otto of the School of Veterinary Medicine described the hazards police dogs face when exposed to dangerous substances. Otto said that working dogs are actually at fairly low risk for a fentanyl overdose, thanks to a lower rate of sensitivity and quick recovery from exposure.


The New York Times

A Competitive Team Sport. For Your Dog.

James Serpell and Cynthia Otto of the School of Veterinary Medicine shared their experiences with Flyball, a competitive sport for dogs. Serpell said that regularly exercising pets benefits owners too, “because when your dog is home he or she will be calmer or less of a nuisance.”


The Washington Post

Does Your Pooch Really Need Prozac?

Carlo Siracusa of the School of Veterinary Medicine weighed in on the use of psychiatric drugs in veterinary medicine. Siracusa says that drugs can be a more “benign” option than other behavior modification tools, such as shock collars.


BBC News

Meet the Dogs Being Trained to Sniff Out Looted Ancient Treasures

The School of Veterinary Medicine’s Working Dog Center is collaborating with Red Arch Cultural Heritage Law & Policy Research to train five dogs to identify stolen artifacts. (Video)