New Bolton Center

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New Bolton Center is the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s 700 acre campus in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. It is home to one of the busiest large animal teaching veterinary clinics in the nation. Since 1958, it has been located at the former South Brook Farm.[1] Founded in 1964 with contributions from equestrienne Esther du Pont Thouron and others, each year the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals (named for horseman George D. Widener, Jr.) sees more than 4,000 patient visits, and its Field Service sees more than 31,000 patient visits. In addition to its role as one of the nation’s finest equine surgical facilities, New Bolton Center encompasses hospital facilities for the care of large animals and livestock as well as diagnostic laboratories serving the agriculture industry and the monitoring of emerging infectious disease. Prior to the opening of "New" Bolton Center in 1952, the old Bolton Mansion in Levittown was the site of the farm for the School of Veterinary Medicine.

New Bolton Center received nationwide media attention when Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro underwent surgery at the Widener Hospital for multiple fractures to one of his ankles, suffered while running in the Preakness Stakes on May 20, 2006. Dr. Dean W. Richardson performed the surgery on Barbaro. Despite the long recovery, Barbaro took a turn for the worse in January 2007 and was euthanized on the 29th of that month.


  1. "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> Note: This includes George E. Thomas (June 1991). "Pennsylvania Historic Resource Survey Form: South Brook Farm" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-12-16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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