Penn Workplace Mentoring Program comes to Penn Vet

Last week the Vet Library had much younger visitors than we’re used to seeing at the library.  As part of the Penn Workplace Mentoring Program, students from the Mastery Charter Schools visited the Veterinary School with stops at the library and Ryan Hospital.

Librarian and students

Librarian Margy Lindem with Mastery Charter Schools students

At the library, the students researched their chosen future professions using the Occupational Outlook Handbook in the library’s Fairchild Digital Classroom. They then headed over to the Ryan Hospital for a tour with John Donges, where they got to observe some of the veterinary specialists in action. Maybe we’ll see some of these students again one day in the Penn Vet program.

Students and Staff at Ryan Hospital

Students and Staff at Ryan Hospital

Farrier gathering at New Bolton Center Library

Farrier gathering at New Bolton Center Library

Farriers listen to Pat Reilly, Chief of Farrier Services at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center and Lee Liles, owner/curator of the National Museum of Horse Shoeing Tools and Hall of Honor in the New Bolton Center Library. Specimens from Liles’ museum and Penn Vet’s Podological Museum (housed in the library) are on display. Jean Austin DuPont Library, September 27, 2013

Arcane working dog duty in rare manuscript exhibit at Penn’s Special Collections Center

Conditions for working dogs have greatly improved, although their duties have changed over the ages, as illustrated by an image displayed in the new exhibit A Legacy Inscribed.

As the exhibit describes, the image, part of a 16th century book on herbal medicine, depicts a mandrake…

…the roots of which can resemble the human form. The mandrake was associated with a number of superstitious beliefs, and this artist captures one of the more colorful legends surrounding its use. When the root is dug up, according to legend, it not only screams but also kills all who hear it.

To harvest it, as we are told by the 1st-century Roman-Jewish historian Josephus, “A furrow must be dug around the root until its lower part is exposed, then a dog is tied to it, after which the person tying the dog must get away. The dog then endeavors to follow him, and so easily pulls up the root, but dies suddenly instead of his master. After this, the root can be handled without fear.”

Mandrake working dog

Depiction of dog pulling mandrake root

Presumably this outcome rarely if ever manifested.

From the site:
On exhibit March 11 – August 16, 2013
The Schoenberg Collection contains several herbals, descriptions of plants to be used primarily for medicinal purposes. Often beautifully (if not always accurately) illustrated, herbals were the primary source of pharmaceutical and botanical knowledge in the Middle Ages. They supplied information on the identification, nomenclature, cultivation, and use of plants that had been passed down through centuries of observation and legend.

The Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection of Manuscripts, donated to the University of Pennsylvania Libraries by Penn Libraries Board members Barbara Brizdle Schoenberg and Lawrence J. Schoenberg (C53, WG56), brings together many of the great scientific and philosophical traditions of the ancient and medieval worlds. Documenting the extraordinary achievements of scholars, philosophers, and scientists in Europe, Africa, and Asia, the collection illuminates the foundations of Penn’s academic traditions. Often illustrated with complex diagrams and stunning imagery, these manuscripts bring to the present the intellectual legacy of the medieval past.

Penn Annual Conference – Penn Vet alumni with creative literary talents

At this year’s Penn Annual Conference several Penn Vet alums showcased their literary skills.  Dr. Lisa Handy (V’84), has recently published Just for Kicks, a humorous coffee table book that portrays the lighter side of equine practice.  The book is illustrated by renowned editorial cartoonist Kate Selley Palmer.  Dr. Handy kindly donated a signed copy to the Vet Library.

Dr. Lisa Handy with a copy of her book

Dr. Lisa Handy (V’84) with a copy of her book Just for Kicks, a humorous look at the lighter side of equine practice.

Also at the conference were the authors of An Animal Life: The Beginning, a novel by four Penn Vet grads (V’92), who signed many copies of their popular book.  Copies are available at Atwood and New Bolton Center libraries.

An Animal Life authors

Meet the authors! From left: Drs. Howard Krum, Roy Yanong, and Scott Moore. Missing from picture: Illustrator Dr. Patty Hogan. All are graduates of V’92.

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