WERNER EQUINE – NEWS – Penn Skeleton Donation

BARE-BONES DONATION TO AID LOCAL VETERINARY STUDENTS

Monday, March 22, 2010, The Daily Local News

Staff photo by Larry McDevitt

Staff photo by Larry McDevitt

The new skeletal horse at New Bolton Center will serve as “a wonderful teaching tool,” according to professor Midge Leitch.

By Eric S. Smith, Staff Writer

Angela Dion, left and Katie Minacci, right, Patient Care Technicians, sports Medicine and Imaging department, look over the Skeleton Horse at New Bolten Center, East Marlborough. McD

East Marlborough — A donation of proportions unseen in years by folks at the New Bolton Center, the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, was made earlier this month.

The school did not receive an astronomical amount of money; in fact, the exact monetary value of the donation would be difficult to determine. Instead, the school was given a fully constructed skeleton of a horse for its equine medicine program.

“This is a wonderful teaching tool that we did not have in the recent past,” said Midge Leitch, a veterinarian and professor at the New Bolton Center. “Students can remind themselves how the bones are articulated as opposed to having to look at pictures. Its value is immeasurable.”

The skeleton was acquired through a raffle at the recent American Farrier’s Journal Annual Hoof Summit Conference.

Two veterinarians, Bill Moyer and Harry Werner, won the skeleton and donated it to the New Bolton Center in remembrance of Jack Anderson, who served as chief farrier at the New Bolton Center up until 1975. A plaque that will be added to the skeleton reads “in memory of New Bolton farrier and educator Jack Anderson.”

“As a farrier, it’s a real nice touch to remember Jack Anderson in that way,” said current Chief Farrier Pat Reilly.

The farrier program at the University of Pennsylvania dates back to 1884, making it the longest continuous farrier program in the United States.

Leitch said that the skeleton will not necessarily set the New Bolton Center apart from other veterinary schools, but will simply help to solidify the school as one of the nation’s premier equine programs.

“Every teaching tool has value, but I don’t think of it as a way to compete with other schools,” Leitch said. “It’s just another asset, but we are absolutely delighted to have it.”