Veterinary Medicine

Virtual vet app wins Penn Wharton Startup Challenge

Penn Wharton Startup Challenge Competition winner My Virtual Veterinarian, a virtual veterinary portal for pet owners, makes it possible for pets to receive the care they need, when they need it.

Dee Patel

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

Treatment in a FLASH

A clinical trial in dogs with cancer, co-led by the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Veterinary Medicine, is testing the feasibility, safety, and effectiveness of delivering a full dose of radiation therapy in a split second.

Katherine Unger Baillie

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In the News

KYW Newsradio (Philadelphia)

Penn is training dogs to sniff out COVID-19 in humans

Cynthia Otto of the School of Veterinary Medicine spoke about the Working Dog Center’s efforts to train dogs to detect COVID-19 in humans. “Basically, we are looking at urine samples. We are hoping to look at saliva and breath samples as well,” she said. “We are going to tell basically if there is an odor excreted in these samples.”


KYW Newsradio (Philadelphia)

Telehealth for dog behavior problems during COVID-19

Carlo Siracusa of the School of Veterinary Medicine spoke about the School’s new telehealth program for dog behavioral issues and offered advice for pet owners.


Morning Edition (NPR)

Researchers experiment to see if dogs can detect COVID-19

Cynthia Otto of the School of Veterinary Medicine spoke about the potential use of scent-detecting dogs to identify COVID-19 in humans.


The Washington Post

Dogs are being trained to sniff out coronavirus cases

Cynthia Otto of the School of Veterinary Medicine is quoted on training dogs to detect disease.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Cats can get coronavirus. How worried should you be?

Shelley Rankin of the School of Veterinary Medicine weighed in on a study that found that cats can contract and spread the coronavirus. “All this study showed is that they could experimentally infect cats: It doesn’t mean that the virus is causing disease in the cat population, and it does not mean that cats can infect humans,” she said. “Whether or not this can happen in the wild … is still open to interpretation.”


Philadelphia Inquirer

They said pets couldn’t get the coronavirus, so how did a tiger test positive? Vets explain

Shelley C. Rankin of the School of Veterinary Medicine spoke about the transfer of disease between animals and humans with regard to COVID-19, which anecdotal evidence suggests could be passed to pets from their owners.