Penn Veterinary Medicine, with more than 6,000 graduates, is internationally recognized as a leader in agriculture, public health, biomedical research and veterinary medical education.
Established in 1884, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) is one of the leading teaching, research and clinical veterinary institutions in the world. Founded on the recommendation of Penn's School of Medicine, it is the only veterinary school to be developed in association with a medical school. It is one of only three private veterinary schools in the nation; the other schools originated as part of land-grant institutions.
Penn Vet alumni can easily be recognized by the degree that follows their names. Penn awards its graduates the degree of Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris (VMD). Since the first class of 10 men graduated in 1887, more than 6,000 veterinarians have graduated from Penn Vet. In 2008, 85 women and 20 men earned the VMD degree. Penn Vet also considers the hundreds of residents, interns, post-doctorates and fellows who have trained alongside VMDs as alumni.
Today, Penn Vet alumni are working across the country and around the world to improve the health and welfare of animals and humans.