Reilly to Present Virtual Tour of Penn Vet’s Farrier Museum

On Tuesday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m., University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) will present a special lecture, "The Penn Vet Podological Museum: The Farrier-Vet Connection Through the Years," as part of the First Tuesday Lecture Series at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa. The series offers the public open lectures on equine topics, at no charge, the first Tuesday of each month.

The May 7 lecture will be presented in New Bolton Center’s Alumni Hall by Patrick Reilly, chief of farrier services at New Bolton Center. The farrier service at New Bolton Center is one of the oldest and most well-respected programs in the country, providing clinical service to horses with complex problems and participating in the education of veterinary students. Reilly also serves as director of the applied polymer research laboratory, exploring new materials and techniques to advance hoof care.

“The horseshoes and specimens of the University of Pennsylvania’s unusual Podological Museum provide an interesting view of horses and their care in the 19th century,” says Reilly. Despite numerous advances, some of the basic methods of hoof care have changed little over the centuries; this presentation also will examine how the past might influence the future concepts of hoof care.

The First Tuesday Lecture Series offers faculty and clinicians at New Bolton Center an opportunity to share current information on topics of interest and relevance to horse owners and caregivers throughout the region. In June, the lecture will focus on equine anesthesia. The series takes a break in July and August and will resume the first Tuesday of September.

Though the lectures are free, seating is limited. Interested parties are asked to RSVP to For a complete list of scheduled lectures, visit

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