The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s (Penn Vet) New Bolton Center has appointed Kathryn Wulster, VMD, as an assistant professor of diagnostic imaging.

Wulster earned her VMD from Penn Vet in 2012. She completed a residency in diagnostic imaging at the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, in North Grafton, Massachusetts, in 2016, and was board certified by the American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR).

Her clinical work at New Bolton Center will focus on equine patients using advanced imaging systems, including MRI, computed tomography (CT), and the new robotics-controlled imaging system (called Equimagine). She joins Christopher Ryan, VMD, Dipl. ABVP, ACVR, a radiologist who has been working at New Bolton Center part-time for the past year, specifically on Equimagine cases.

“The robotic imaging technology is quickly evolving, and there is a lot to learn,” Wulster said. “It is cutting-edge.”

Having a full-time radiologist dedicated to working with clinicians on advanced imaging studies is a “game changer” for New Bolton Center, said Barbara Dallap Schaer, VMD, New Bolton Center Medical Director.

“Advanced imaging is instrumental in diagnosing illness and injury in many of our large animal patients, and is particularly relevant in the disciplines of equine surgery and sports medicine,” she said. “Radiologists have the opportunity to work with a team of clinicians to discover and diagnose problems.”

Few veterinary radiologists specialize in equine imaging, Wulster said, estimating that she is one of only a dozen or so in the country.

“Kate is intellectually curious, has innovative ideas for teaching, and a background in performance horses that will surely benefit our clients and referring veterinarians,” Dallap Schaer said. “We are so pleased to have her.”

Wulster’s first clinical experience was learning to run horses on a treadmill at the Equine Science Center at Rutgers University. That led to a summer job with New Bolton Center’s Sports Medicine service, working with Elizabeth Davidson, VMD, Dipl. ACVS, ACVSMR, and the late Ben Martin, VMD, Dipl. ACVS.

It was Martin who encouraged Wulster to pursue radiology with a large animal focus in veterinary school, she said. After graduation from Penn Vet, she was an intern at New Bolton Center.

“New Bolton Center has an incredible caseload, with complex sports medicine cases,” Wulster said. “I have a great interest in the elite equine athlete, reading those imaging studies, and collaborating with the specialists who work with those athletes to allow them to perform their jobs.”

A resident of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, Wulster has a 14-year-old Holsteiner gelding used as a hunter-jumper.

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