The School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania (Penn Vet), an integral part of a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary university, exists to better the health and welfare of animals and humans. The synergy generated by Penn Vet’s interaction with the University community and the biomedical establishment in the Delaware Valley creates unique challenges and opportunities to excel in teaching, research and service. To fulfill this mandate, we are committed to innovative educational programs to train veterinarians and biomedical scientists; pioneer research and the discovery of new knowledge in the basic and applied sciences; and maintaining a strong commitment to specialized veterinary medical care and service.
Applicants for Admission
Penn Vet admits students of any race, color, sexual or affectional preference, age, religion and national or ethnic origin, and students who may be handicapped or disabled to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School.
The Penn Vet Admissions Committee seeks to enroll a diversified class and therefore considers such factors as socioeconomic (including racial and ethnic) background, geographic origin (urban, suburban and rural), specific interests and activities, personal traits and academic background. In addition, every consideration is given to children of alumni, faculty and staff of the University.
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Penn Vet is located in Philadelphia, the nation’s fifth largest city, with excellent cultural and recreational opportunities.
The metropolitan area is a magnet for higher education with the largest number of colleges and universities in the United States. Philadelphia is home to Independence Hall and is rich in national history. The city is packed with museums, art collections, restaurants, concert halls and clubs. Philadelphia offers a diverse environment and an array of cultures. Philadelphia is home to numerous professional sports teams and strong collegiate athletics as well as the nation’s first zoo and largest city park, Fairmount Park. SEPTA, Philadelphia’s mass transit system, is extensive, efficient and convenient to Penn’s campus. Student social events are held throughout the academic year and offer a chance to catch up with classmates and students in other phases of their training.
Academically, Penn prides itself on being a well-integrated University and values and encourages interdisciplinary scholarship. The Schools of Veterinary Medicine, Medicine, Graduate Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wharton School of Business are located within a few minutes’ walk of one another. Our multidisciplinary philosophy, geographical proximity, and the outstanding scholarship provide a rich environment for student life.
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