AAEP Honors New Bolton Center’s Dr. Virginia Reef with 2015 Award

Equine diagnostic ultrasound imaging pioneer veterinarian educates students and peers

The following article is edited from a news release

New Bolton Center, Penn Vet’s large-animal hospital, announced today that

Virginia Reef, DVM, DACVIM, DACVSMR, DECVDI, director of large animal cardiology and diagnostic ultrasonography at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (“Penn Vet”), received the American Association of Equine Practitioners 2015 Distinguished Educator – Academic Award.

The Distinguished Educator – Academic Award honors an individual who by his or her actions and commitment has demonstrated a significant impact on the development and training of equine practitioners. Dr. Reef was honored today, December 8, 2015 during the President’s Luncheon at the AAEP’s 61st Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.

A pioneer in the diagnostic use of ultrasonographic technology, Dr. Reef perfected the technology in her clinical use and then set out to teach the technology to students and practitioners alike. In the ensuing 30-plus years, ultrasonography has contributed to early diagnosis of musculoskeletal injury in the horse, significantly reducing catastrophic athletic-use tendon and ligament injuries.

Many practitioners who use musculoskeletal or cardiovascular ultrasound or who teach its use in an academic setting have been influenced by Dr. Reef, whether in the classroom, in the lab or through her hundreds of publications that include more than 50 original research papers, over 50 case reports, approximately 130 abstracts in proceedings, 11 major review articles and 80 book chapters.

Dr. Reef (kneeling) at New Bolton Center performing a diagnostic ultrasound on a horse at the hospital. (Penn Vet photo)

Dr. Reef is an invited speaker at domestic and international meetings. Her dedication to expanding ultrasonography technique among her veterinary colleagues is further evident when conducting wet labs. Dr. Reef seeks out local practitioners to procure live horses with the types of injuries she is teaching, arranges shipping of these horses to the wet lab and coordinates co-instructors and assistants to ensure a first-class learning experience for attendees.

Dr. Reef earned her DVM in 1979 from The Ohio State University. She completed her internship and residency in large animal medicine in 1982 at Penn Vet; she has served on the faculty there since that time. She is the Mark Whittier and Lila Griswold Allam Professor of Medicine as well as section chief of sports medicine and imaging at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center. Among her honors and awards are the Michael Moxon Kate Memorial Distinguished Lecturer Award and The Ohio State University Distinguished Alumnus Award.

About AAEP

The American Association of Equine Practitioners, headquartered in Lexington, Ky., was founded in 1954 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and welfare of the horse. Currently, AAEP reaches more than 5 million horse owners through its over 9,000 members worldwide and is actively involved in ethics issues, practice management, research and continuing education in the equine veterinary profession and horse industry.

About Penn Vet

Penn Vet is a global leader in veterinary education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the first 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 30,000 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 37,000 patients at local farms. In addition, New Bolton Center’s campus includes a swine center, working dairy, and poultry unit, which provide valuable research for the agriculture industry.




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