Penn Vet Working Dog Center

OCSA’s Support of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center

OCSA is committed in its support of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center’s ovarian cancer detection program. With the expansion of the program from 3 to 4 dogs, OCSA is donating a $10,000 Veterinary Student Intern Scholarship to support the hire of two veterinary student interns at the Working Dog Center. Student interns are an essential part of the training team at the Center and benefit tremendously from the experience of working with both an elite group of highly driven dogs as well as a team of experts in canine medical detection. Their work supports both the research and teaching mission of the Center.

The scholarship is dedicated in memory of Katelyn Klepitsch, niece of OCSA board member Kurt Klepitsch, DVM. At the age of 20, Katelyn passed away from ovarian cancer in August of 2013. A very special young lady who enchanted everyone she met, her Uncle Kurt, father Karl and many members of the immediate family continue to support OCSA’s mission. Katelyn’s Grandmother Carolyn Klepitsch and Kurt’s Mother-In-Law Mae Novak volunteer at OCSA Dog Walks and Golf Outings. Their participation is very special for all of us. In addition, OCSA’s official headquarters now reside at Kurt’s Gateway Veterinary Clinic in St. Charles, IL.

About the Cancer Sniffing Dog Team at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center:
Take a moment to view the video that illustrates the methodical approach that the Ovarian Cancer Dog Sniffing Team executes as they sniff out the odorants specific to ovarian cancer and an interview with Dr. Otto. watch?v=a1gnbsRM0Dg

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Introducing Margaret, OCSA Intern at Penn Vet Working Dog Center

Welcome Margaret Lenfest! Margaret grew up on a horse farm about an hour outside of Philadelphia with her mother and grandmother. She majored in biology at Swarthmore College while also running cross country and track. Currently, a second year vet student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Margaret enjoys watching competitive show jumping, horseback riding, food and long hikes with her dogs Zara and Tana. Margeret applied for the OCSA/Penn Vet Working Dog Center ovarian cancer internship because the abilities of the working dogs are so exciting and she wanted to be a part of such an amazing project. Furthermore, she plans to pursue a career focused on canine sports medicine and wants to learn as much as she can from the dogs and staff at the WDC.