[April 15, 2014; Philadelphia, PA] – The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) announces the appointment of Dr. Brittany Watson as Director of Shelter Animal Medicine.  

Penn Vet, Shelter Animal MedicineIn this role, Dr. Watson will develop a strategic vision for the future of the Penn Vet Shelter Animal Medicine Program, which provides support to the shelter community in the Philadelphia region and valuable training to students. Dr. Watson will maintain and enhance existing shelter relationships, foster new relationships, teach veterinary students, and oversee the day-to-day management of the program.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Watson to our team,” said Dr. Dottie Brown, Chair of Penn Vet’s Department of Clinical Studies-Philadelphia. “Her energy and strategic vision, coupled with her experience in shelter animal medicine, training development, and management, will undoubtedly bring this incredible program to new heights.”

Prior to joining Penn Vet, Dr. Watson served as Veterinary Director of Continuing Education Initiatives for the Charleston Animal Society (CAS) in South Carolina. During her tenure, she helped CAS achieve record live release, adoptions,   and education programs in the state. In her role at CAS, Dr. Watson also regularly performed surgical procedures and documented cruelty cases.

In addition to being a Humane Alliance-trained shelter veterinarian, Dr. Watson has a special interest in teaching, humane education, the human-animal bond, and management/protocol development. She created the Veterinary Science Initiative, which uses veterinary medicine to connect high school students to science.

Dr. Watson has also served as a Native American Veterinary Services instructor, traveling to Native American reservations with students to perform basic animal care and to offer spay/neuter clinics.

Dr. Watson received her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in educational administration from the University of South Carolina School of Educational Leadership.

About the Penn Vet Shelter Animal Medicine Program

Penn Vet has long been known as a provider of compassionate care and clinical expertise. In that tradition, the School established the Penn Vet Shelter Animal Medicine program in 2006 to provide clinical support and consultative services to regional shelters and the Greater Philadelphia community. The program has a meaningful impact on how many homeless animals are given quality care and placed into permanent homes. In addition, the Shelter Animal Medicine program provides valuable, hands-on education for Penn Vet students.

Penn Vet’s shelter partner facilities are the PSPCA, PAWS, Delaware County SPCA, Morris Animal Refuge, and the ACCT (Animal Care and Control Team) of Philadelphia. Through a working relationship with these shelters, Penn Vet successfully integrates clinical teaching and service to the animal welfare community, while strategically addressing shelter animal over-population issues.

About Penn Vet

Penn Vet is a global leader in veterinary medicine education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the only veterinary school developed in association with a medical school. The school is a proud member of the One Health Initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health.

Penn Vet serves a diverse population of animals at its two campuses, which include extensive diagnostic and research laboratories. Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia provides care for dogs, cats, and other domestic/companion animals, seeing nearly 33,000 patients a year. New Bolton Center, Penn Vet’s large-animal hospital on nearly 700 acres in rural Kennett Square, PA, cares for horses and livestock/farm animals, treating 33,000 patients each year – 4,100 in the hospital and 29,000 at farms through the Field Service. In addition, New Bolton Center’s campus includes a swine center, working dairy, and poultry unit that provide valuable research for the agriculture industry.

For more information, visit www.vet.upenn.edu.