School of Veterinary Medicine

Snowy Owls, Rarity in Phila. Region, Back for Second Winter

February 26, 2015

Sherrill Davison of the School of Veterinary Medicine comments on the condition of snowy owls recovered from New Englan

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194February 25, 2015

Penn Vet Researchers Identify Effective Treatment for Niemann Pick Type C

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A study coming out in Science Translational Medicine and led by University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine researchers has shown that cats with the rare disease Niemann Pick type C — which mirrors the human version of the disease — show vast improvements when treated with a compound called cyclodextrin.

Niemann Pick Disease type C, or NPC, is a disease most people have never heard of, affecting just one person in 150,000. Yet the disease is a devastating one. Frequently diagnosed in children in their elementary school years, sufferers usually die by the time they’re 20.

Video: Ask the Vet: Pets and Heart Disease

February 14, 2015

Danielle Laughlin of the School of Veterinary Medicine answers questions about heart disease and pets.

Article Source: CBS News (Philadelphia)

4 Things You Should Know About Beagles Before You Adopt One

February 18, 2015

James Serpell of the School of Veterinary Medicine discusses beagles as pets.

Article Source: Metro (Philadelphia)

Audio & Video: Dogs, They’re Just Like Us

February 13, 2015

James Serpell of the School of Veterinary Medicine discusses his work on how human behavior can influence pet dogs’ beh

Article Source: ScienceFriday.com

Audio: All About Dog Shows and Show Dogs

February 11, 2015

James Serpell of the School of Veterinary Medicine discusses the history of dog shows and the concerns of overbreeding.

Dogs in Winter Coats: Cute, but Unnecessary?

February 11, 2015

Reid Groman of the School of Veterinary Medicine comments on dressing pets for cold weather.

Article Source: Weather.com
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194February 6, 2015

Mosquitoes Ramp Up Immune Defenses After Sucking Blood, Penn Vet Researcher Finds

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According to a new study by University of Pennsylvania and Imperial College London researchers, mosquitoes ramp up their immune defenses after consuming blood meals, helping to fight off parasites that blood might contain.

If you were about to enter a crowded subway during flu season, packed with people sneezing and coughing, wouldn’t it be helpful if your immune system recognized the potentially risky situation and bolstered its defenses upon stepping into the train?

Can Your Cat Literally Make You Crazy?

January 16, 2015

Gary Smith of the School of Veterinary Medicine is cited for studying toxoplasma gondii and schizophrenia.

Article Source: PetMD

A Visit to the Ryan Veterinary Hospital

At Ryan Veterinary Hospital, the highest levels of medical expertise are matched by deeply human compassion and a recognition of the special bond people have with their animal companions.