New Bolton Center

pigs at New Bolton Center

Opened in the early 1950s, Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center rests on 700 acres in pastoral Chester County and offers some of the country’s finest veterinary services for horses, cattle, camelids, pigs, goats, sheep and other large animals. The campus includes the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals, which features one of the world’s largest equine surgical facilities; the Marshak Dairy; the Laboratory of Aquatic Animal Medicine and Pathology and the Swine Teaching and Research Unit.

In this edition of By The Numbers, we neigh, moo, oink and bah with the inhabitants of the New Bolton Center.

6,000-plus Number of patients seen annually at Widener Hospital, not including those treated through its Field Service, which sends vets to visit farms, breeding facilities, horse-training facilities and agricultural enterprises in the region.

180 Estimated number of milking cows at the Marshak Dairy.

1,500 Gallons of milk produced daily at the Dairy, about 70 pounds of milk per cow. This milk is sold through the Land O’ Lakes Dairy Cooperative.

38 Number of clinician/practitioner veterinarians at Widener Hospital. The staff also includes 30 nurses and specialty technicians and 10 large-animal attendants.

2,000 Approximate number of piglets born yearly at the Swine Teaching and Research Unit. The piglets are sold as 50-pound feeder pigs to an independent producer and enter into a specialized “antibiotic free/welfare friendly” niche market.

6 Pounds of food allotted per day for pregnant sows (female pigs). The sows weigh 400 to 600 pounds.

18,540 Square feet of the new James M. Moran, Jr. Critical Care Center, the largest clinical addition to Widener since 1972.

Originally published on October 14, 2010