University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

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University of Pennsylvania
School of Veterinary Medicine
Penn Veterinary Medicine.svg
Dean Joan C. Hendricks, VMD, PhD
Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Campus Urban
Affiliations University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (PennVet) was founded in 1884.[1] 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.

The mission of the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine, or Penn Vet, comprises teaching, healing, and scientific investigation. The faculty, clinicians, researchers, students, and alumni believe that veterinarians not only practice medicine and conduct groundbreaking research to advance all medicine, it is their responsibility to teach the next generation to do the same.

Penn Vet is the only veterinary school developed in association with a medical school, and is one of only four private veterinary schools in the nation. Penn Vet's two campuses, urban and rural, offer students learning opportunities and experiences in a range of aspects of veterinary medicine. As part of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Vet is a key partner in one of the world's great biomedical research and teaching centers. Penn Vet students can learn first-hand how veterinary medicine and research impacts human lives, as well as those of animals.

The relationship between animal health and human health is the core of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's teaching tradition. Penn Vet faculty members bring a diverse range of academic backgrounds and unique perspectives to the classroom and clinic.

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, 8,200 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.

Located on some 700 acres of rural Chester County, Pennsylvania, New Bolton Center counted some 4,000 patient visits, along with 31,000 patients served by Field Service on local farms.

See also[edit]

Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies


  1. ^ "Penn Vet - Our History". 

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