School of Veterinary Medicine

Chemo is a go for treating equine lymphoma

New Bolton Center’s Daniela Luethy’s research on 15 horses with lymphoma concluded that chemotherapy had encouraging results. Her study poses opportunities for further research with more case control.

Penn Today Staff

A roller coaster emergency for Dobby

By the time Dobby arrived at Ryan Hospital’s Emergency Room, he was in a bad way. The two-year-old Welsh Corgi had been vomiting off and on for a few days and was straining to urinate. “He also wasn’t eating,” says owner Zhi Peng Yang, who lives in Philadelphia and rushed Dobby to Penn Vet.

Penn Today Staff

Daisy the goat kid’s harrowing ER visit

Post-birth complications for Daisy the newborn doeling were serious, but quickly assessed for a positive outcome at the New Bolton Center emergency room.

Penn Today Staff

In the News

NBC News

FDA names 16 brands of dog food linked to canine heart disease

Anna Gelzer of the School of Veterinary Medicine responded to news from the FDA that grain-free dog foods may be linked to canine dilated cardiomyopathy. “There’s no scientifically proven benefit to grain-free foods, so why take a chance?”


Scientific American

Domestication made dogs’ facial anatomy more fetching to humans

James Serpell of the School of Veterinary Medicine said humans may have bred dogs to appear more infantile over time. “We are innately predisposed to respond with a kind of nurturing behavior towards certain physical characteristics,” he said. “Over time, [humans selected] for traits that satisfy that parental nurturing response.”



Why are dogs such terrible dads?

Carlo Siracusa of the School of Veterinary Medicine explained the differences in parenting styles between wolves and domesticated dogs. “As a general rule, male dogs don’t collaborate to the defense of the puppies,” Siracusa said. “They might collaborate to the defense of the territory around them, but because there are resources there.”


CBS Philadelphia

3 cheers: The science of the Working Dog Center

Cindy Otto of the School of Veterinary Medicine discussed the Working Dog Center’s new Citizen Science Project, which allows members of the public to enroll their dogs in the Center’s scent-detection training program. “We thought, what a great collaboration: bring in dogs that have already been excited about doing nose work and see if they can’t help us answer some really important scientific questions,” she said.


Philadelphia Inquirer

A fix for back pain? Scientists test bio-synthetic discs in goats

Robert Mauck and Harvey Smith of the Perelman School of Medicine are leading a team of researchers working to develop replacement discs made from synthetic materials and living cells to replace degenerating spinal discs. Thomas P. Schaer of the School of Veterinary Medicine’s New Bolton Center is in the process of testing the new material.