Dr. Dean Richardson to Discuss “Fixing Broken Horses”

On Tuesday, May 5, at 6:30 p.m., renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Dean Richardson will present his lecture “Fixing Broken Horses.” The presentation is part of the First Tuesday Lecture Series at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center, 382 West Street Road, Kennett Square, PA.

Richardson is the Charles W. Raker Professor of Equine Surgery and Chief of Large Animal Surgery at New Bolton Center, and he is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

The series offers free lectures to the public on equine topics the first Tuesday of each month. The lectures take place in New Bolton Center’s Alumni Hall. Due to limited seating, reservations are recommended and can be made by contacting Barbara Belt at

Although the perception persists that horses with fractures cannot be saved, there continue to be advances in the treatment of major injuries in horses. A combination of more sophisticated imaging and devices allows veterinarians to manage many serious injuries far more successfully than even five years ago. Richardson will present examples of the current state-of-the-art in equine fracture treatment. “In other words, why we do NOT have to shoot a horse with a fracture,” Richardson said.

The next First Tuesday Lecture, scheduled for June 2, will feature Dr. Laura Johnstone, who will discuss treating cancer in horses.

About the First Tuesday Lecture Series

During the First Tuesday Lecture Series, faculty and clinicians at New Bolton Center share current information on topics of interest and relevance to horse owners and caregivers throughout the region. Many of the lectures highlight the advanced techniques performed by Penn Vet’s team of leading clinicians and the state-of-the-art equipment and facilities available to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients.

About Penn Vet

Penn Vet is a global leader in veterinary medicine education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the only veterinary school developed in association with a medical school. The school is a proud member of the One Health Initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health.

Penn Vet serves a diverse population of animals at its two campuses, which include extensive diagnostic and research laboratories. New Bolton Center, Penn Vet’s large-animal hospital on nearly 700 acres in rural Kennett Square, PA, cares for horses and livestock/farm animals. The hospital handles more than 4,000 patient visit a year, while the Field Service treats nearly 36,000 patients at local farms. In addition, New Bolton Center’s campus includes a swine center, working dairy, and poultry unit that provide valuable research for the agriculture industry. Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia provides care for dogs, cats, and other domestic/companion animals, handling more than 31,000 patient visits a year.

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