For some Philadelphia residents, meeting their own medical care costs can be difficult, and providing preventive healthcare for their animal companions is simply out of reach.
Gustavo Aguirre and William Beltran of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Artur Cideciyan and Samuel Jacobson of the Perelman School of Medicine are featured for their gene-therapy research.
Gene Therapy Research Team From Penn Vet and Scheie Eye Institute Cures Retinitis Pigmentosa in Dogs
PHILADELPHIA -- Members of a University of Pennsylvania research team have shown that they can prevent, or even reverse, a blinding retinal disease, X-linked Retinitis Pigmentosa, or XLRP, in dogs.
The disease in humans and dogs is caused by defects in the RPGR gene and results in early, severe and progressive vision loss. It is one of the most common inherited forms of retinal degeneration in man.
On 40 acres of Chester County, Pennsylvania’s lush pasture land, close to 90 ponies roam relatively free of human interference. Their social interactions, reproductive behavior, and physical well-being give researchers like Sue McDonnell, founding head of the Equine Behavior Program at Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine, a window into the lives of horses in a near-natural state.
The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) recently opened its new, state-of-the-art minimally invasive surgical suite at the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital. The Buerger Family Foundation Surgery Suite is the first of its kind in any veterinary teaching hospital and is one of the only operating rooms in veterinary medicine that offers a comprehensive array of minimally invasive surgical procedures for companion animals.
On Tuesday, December 6 the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) will host a free, open-to-the-public lecture called “Caring for Older Pets: Healthcare advice on geriatric and end-of-life issues,” at Penn Medicine in Radnor, PA. Beginning at 6:30 PM, Dr. Meryl Littman, associate professor of medicine at Penn Vet, will talk about the special considerations when caring for older pets and how to handle those difficult decisions end-of-life issues bring.