School of Veterinary Medicine

Frederick H. Batzold, Ph.D. and Nadine Chien, Ph.D., J.D. Frederick H. Batzold, Ph.D. and Nadine Chien, Ph.D., J.D.
Frederick H. Batzold, Ph.D. and Nadine Chien, Ph.D., J.D.

Dental Operatory Renovation Fund

When Drs. Nadine Chien and Frederick Batzold met Dr. Alexander Reiter at Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine, they had just spent several nerve-racking days with their dog, Rocky. Their one-year-old golden retriever had been kicked in the head by a colt, making it painful to open his mouth. The local vet’s reset of his jaw did not help. Once it became clear that the situation was not improving, the couple made the trip from Maryland to Philadelphia. Dr. Reiter, Head of the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service at Penn Vet, determined that Rocky was suffering from a rare autoimmune disease called masticatory myositis, which was triggered by his injury. The specialist developed a personalized treatment plan, and Rocky’s condition was stabilized. Now, 12 years later, Rocky, his sister Zoe, and their owners gladly return at least once a year for check-ups with Dr. Reiter and his colleagues in internal medicine.

“Penn Vet is a valuable resource for anyone who cares about pets, and it deserves all of our support.”

– Nadine Chien and Frederick Batzold

The couple cannot say enough about the care their beloved dog has received. “The expertise of the Penn Vet dental staff is unparalleled,” they shared. “Their caring approach and their ability to relate to the pets they serve is self-evident.”

Through their experience with Rocky, Drs. Chien and Batzold saw firsthand the importance of Penn Vet’s specialized clinical services. Their gratitude inspired them to donate funds to meet the needs of the dental team. Their latest gift will help provide the much-needed renovations of the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Suite, where Dr. Reiter initially confirmed Rocky’s diagnosis via a biopsy. “We will always be so grateful to Dr. Reiter and Penn Vet for saving Rocky. Thanks to them, he has lived a full and happy life.”

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