Proposed State Budget Would Slash All State Funding From Penn Vet School

by | 02.28.2017 | 12:00pm
Barbaro, Edgar Prado, and Dr. Dean Richardson at New Bolton during the Derby winner's treatment for laminitis

A budget proposed by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf would eliminate $30 million from the University of Pennsylvania's veterinary school, including the New Bolton Center. New Bolton is considered one of the top hospitals in the country focusing on large animal care, particularly that of horses, and is where Barbaro was treated for injuries suffered in the Preakness and subsequent laminitis.

Wolf's total budget includes increased spending, and he said he plans to close the state's $3 billion deficit through cuts like this one, according to the Daily Local News.

Ashley Berke, director of communications for the vet school, said the school's staff and faculty are hopeful the $30 million cut will not be included in the final budget. The UPenn field service team treats 36,000 animals per year. The state funding is used for clinical services, scholarships, and research at the veterinary medical college.

“This is an opportunity to expand awareness of the Vet School's historic partnership with the commonwealth, which was designed to protect the health and safety of the citizens of Pennsylvania and its largest industry, agriculture,” said Berke. “Funding from the commonwealth ensures the Vet School's ability to deliver life-saving services at its two animal hospitals, advance research programs that support the agricultural industry, and maintain our commitment to developing and growing the veterinary profession.”

Read more at the Daily Local News

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