University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
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|University of Pennsylvania
School of Veterinary Medicine
|Dean||Joan C. Hendricks, VMD, PhD|
|Affiliations||University of Pennsylvania|
The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (PennVet) was founded in 1884. It has two campuses; the main campus is located in Philadelphia, and a second campus is located in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. At the Philadelphia campus, first, second, and third year veterinary students attend classes. It is also the home to numerous research facilities as well as the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital. The second campus, New Bolton Center, is home to the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals.
Over 6,000 veterinarians have graduated from the school, the only veterinary school in Pennsylvania. The school awards the Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris (VMD) degree rather than a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). It also offers a VMD-PhD program and a VMD-MBA program.
Ryan Hospital is one of the busiest veterinary teaching hospitals in the country, seeing more than 31,000 small animal patient visits each year, 13,000 of which are emergency cases. The Emergency Service—open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year—is staffed by emergency medicine clinicians and emergency/critical care specialists, as well as nursing specialists in emergency/critical care, augmented by on-call specialists.