Animal Planet Reality Series Featuring PennVet Students and New Bolton Center Is in Development
Posted February 10, 2016- VISTA.Today
PennVet is about to get its moment in the spotlight as Animal Planet is in production of an all-new series featuring the University of Pennsylvania‘s veterinary school. The series will be produced for the network by High Noon Entertainment and will feature a behind the scenes look at the highly competitive education program, writes nj.com.
Animal Planet will be given unprecedented access to the university’s program, allowing it to follow fourth year students as they go about their daily duties required to complete this difficult and demanding program thought of as a pioneer of veterinary medicine.
“Vet students driven by a mission to heal and protect animals take everything they’ve learned and put it to the test in this series,” commented Rich Ross, Group President of Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science Channel. “Penn Vet will give our viewers a front row seat to this journey.”
PENN VET, which is planned to premiere this year, will cover the diverse group of students each with a different background and goals as they navigate the various cases they are faced with at Ryan Hospital for companion animals in Philadelphia and the New Bolton Center hospital for large animals in Kennett Square.
With the well being and the lives of animals at stake, this show will put the focus on the demanding training of future veterinarians as they are faced with the daily challenges characteristic of this high-stakes world.
With over 30,000 patient visits each year this means the two internationally renowned teaching hospitals, that are part of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, handle some of the largest case loads in the world. There is also no shortage of variety when it comes to their patients, as the hospitals see a wide range of animals each year, from the more common dogs, cats, and horses, to the more exotic such iguanas and zebras.
That Penn Vet was chosen as the subject for this new show is no surprise, especially considering that the program established the first-ever facility for the care of large animals with critical injuries, a state-of-the-art minimally invasive surgery suite that is the first of its kind, as well as the world’s first animal bloodmobile.