CHOP and Penn Vet Collaborate to Host the Fourth Annual Best Friends Bash

Craniofacial patients from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Penn Vet gather at Penn Vet’s Hill Pavilion to share experiences and inspire all in attendance.

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Best Friends BashOn Tuesday, June 28, The Craniofacial Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Penn Vet hosted the fourth annual “Best Friends Bash” at Penn Vet’s Hill Pavilion. The event brings together CHOP craniofacial patients and Penn Vet patients who have dealt with similar conditions.

The program began in July 2013 after a lecture series at the Edwin and Fannie Gray Hall Center for Human Appearance stimulated discussion amongst various attendees (doctors, vets, nurses and various patient caretakers) regarding the possible benefits of bringing together human and veterinary craniofacial patients.

Many of the dogs attending the Best Friends Bash were treated at Penn Vet, while others are members of the Gerald B. Schreiber Pet Therapy Program at CHOP. Some of the dogs who attended were:

  • Emma, a Golden Retriever who had surgery to remove a craniofacial tumor
  • Marilyn Monroe, a Dachshund who underwent a full mouth dental extraction to treat periodontal disease
  • Bosco, a Rottweiler with a skull deformity who also had four leg operations
  • Cyrus, a mixed breed dog who was born without front legs
  • Tarot, a Rhodesian ridgeback born with a birthmark on his face and a scar on his head who also had dental work for a severe overbite

The event also provides an informal venue for clinicians and patient caretakers from CHOP’s Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Penn Vet’s Dentistry and Oral Surgery Section to discuss cases, surgical techniques and patient care.

The Best Friends Bash was funded by a grant from the Edwin and Fannie Gray Hall Center for Human Appearance.

You can view photos from the event and stories covered by the local media:

You can also see the Best Friends Bash through the eyes of our patients.