Penn Vet’s Equine Reproduction and Behavior Team Offers Short Courses at New Bolton Center

Penn Vet’s Hofmann Center at New Bolton Center is offering four short courses on equine reproduction and behavior this spring, including stallion handling and horse behavior modification.

The continuing education courses are open to veterinarians, owners, breeders, trainers, stallion handlers, vet techs, behavior specialists, and vet students and residents.

“These courses are a unique continuing education opportunity, typically limited to 10 participants,” said Dr. Sue McDonnell, founding head of Penn Vet’s Havemeyer Equine Behavior Program at New Bolton Center. “Both in the talks and the hands-on labs, we are able to address the specific interests and needs of each participant. Everyone enjoys learning from each other.”


Just Stallion Handling

March 27‐28

Horse Behavior

April 9-10

Is it Physical, Psychological, or Both?

May 21-22

Horse Behavior Modification

June 18-19

For registration and information, visit or call 610-925-6220.

About Hofmann Center

The Hofmann Center at New Bolton Center offers the finest equine reproduction and behavior services with an expert team of board-certified specialists and exceptional staff at a world-class teaching hospital.

Services include: embryo transfer and intracytoplasmic sperm injection with recipient herd; natural cover; mare cycle management; artificial insemination; stallion and mare breeding soundness exams; novice stallion breeding and dummy mount training; assisting disabled stallions; reproduction‐related performance and behavior problems; ground semen collection; and semen collection, evaluation, shipping, freezing, and advanced processing.

Hofmann Center Staff

  • Tamara Dobbie, DVM, Staff Theriogenologist and Director of the Hofmann Center
  • BenGuessford and Rick Ladow, experienced stallion handlers
  • Jennifer Linton, VMD, Resident in Large Animal Reproduction
  • Sue McDonnell, MA, PhD, CAAB, Adjunct Professor of Reproductive Behavior
  • Patricia Sertich, MS, VMD, DACT, Associate Professor of Large Animal Reproduction
  • Regina Turner, VMD, PhD, DACT, Associate Professor and Interim Section Chief of Reproduction and Behavior
  • Jackie Watson, veterinary technician

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. Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia provides care for dogs, cats, and other domestic/companion animals, handling more than 31,000 patient visits a year. 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 visits 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.

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