Veterinary Outreach Program

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. OCSA is donating a $5,000 Veterinary Student Intern Scholarship to support the hire of one veterinary student intern 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

For more information on the Penn Vet Working Dog Center, visit

Becca with her dog Chase

Rebecca Feuer

Penn Vet Working Dog Center Veterinary OCSA Student Intern

Rebecca (Becca) Feuer is thrilled to return for her second year as the OCSA intern at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center.

Becca grew up in Princeton, NJ. She attended Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, where she got her BS in Neuroscience. This fall, she will begin her third year at Penn Vet. She is the President of the Behavior Club and teaches biannual Canine Good Citizenship classes to Penn Vet students and faculty. She is also on the board of the Sports Med Club as the Canine Sports Med Lunch Talk Coordinator.

When she isn’t working with the ovarian cancer detection dogs at PVWDC, she can be found doing agility or hiking with her dog, Chase, and playing fetch with her part-time foster from the Working Dog Center,  Obe. She also enjoys horseback riding, yoga, and Pilates.

Becca playing with OSA, one of the ovarian cancer dog sniffing team members

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