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Life at Vet U


About the Show

Over the past academic year, Animal Planet shadowed six Penn Vet students with diverse backgrounds and goals as they completed the demanding fourth and final year of their degree program, treating animal patients of all sizes, and learning from pioneers of veterinary medicine.

The result, Life at Vet U, is an exciting, behind-the-scenes docu-series about Penn Vet. The six-part series premiered on Saturday, October 1, 2016, and aired Saturdays at 10pm ET/PT on Animal Planet, with the final episode airing on Saturday, November 4.

“Vet students driven by a mission to heal and protect animals take everything they’ve learned and put it to the test in this series,” said Rich Ross, Group President of Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and Science Channel.

Life at Vet U gives our viewers a front row seat to this journey.” Life at Vet U was shot on location at Penn Vet's Ryan Hospital for companion animals in Philadelphia, and New Bolton Center hospital for large animals in Kennett Square, PA.

Media Contacts

Ashley Berke
Director of Communications
berke@vet.upenn.edu
215-898-1475

John Donges
Communications Coordinator
jdonges@vet.upenn.edu
215-898-4234

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Meet the Cast


Rebecca Bernstein, Penn Vet

Rebecca Bernstein

Six months before graduation, with a job lined up and her future seemingly set, Rebecca took a huge turn in her life when she decided to become a veterinarian instead.


Clint Kuban, Penn Vet

Clint Kuban

Early in his first year, Clint was introduced to the Penn Vet Working Dog Center, where he formed a life-long bond with an ovarian cancer detection dog.


Max Emanuel, Penn Vet

Max Emanuel

Max realized he wanted to become a vet one college summer, during a month-long course in wildlife conservation and human wildlife conflict in Kenya.


Melanie Lang, Penn Vet

Melanie Lang

After working for six years, Melanie decided to do something she felt more passionate about. She quit her job, moved to Philly, and enrolled at Penn Vet.


Lindsay Gallagher AP

Lindsay Gallagher

Lindsay, 26, grew up around animals her whole life, whether it was wildlife in her backyard, pet cats and dogs, or cows on her grandfather’s farm.


Morgan Taylor, Penn Vet

Morgan Taylor

Morgan Taylor hails from northeast New Jersey with dreams of one day becoming a racetrack veterinarian in southern California.


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