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Animal Planet to Feature Penn Vet in New Docu-Series

Published: Feb 3, 2016

Contacts: 
Animal Planet
Paul Schur, 240-662-3348
Paul_Schur@discovery.com 

Savannah Isner, 240-662-3014
Savannah_Isner@discovery.com 

Penn Vet
Ashley Berke, 215-898-1475
berke@vet.upenn.edu   

Animal Planet announced today it is in production of an all-new series, PENN VET (WT), produced for the network by High Noon Entertainment. PENN VET features the first ever behind the scenes look at the University of Pennsylvania’s highly competitive veterinary school. With unprecedented access, Animal Planet will shadow fourth year students as they complete this demanding and difficult program while learning from pioneers of veterinary medicine. PENN VET is set to premiere this year.

“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. “Penn Vet will give our viewers a front row seat to this journey.”

PENN VET will feature students with diverse backgrounds and goals as they handle a wide range of cases, at both Ryan Hospital for companion animals, in Philadelphia, and New Bolton Center hospital for large animals in Kennett Square, PA. With the animal’s lives on the line, PENN VET showcases the rigorous training of veterinary students as they face the day-to-day challenges inherent in this high pressure world.

Animal Planet to Feature Penn Vet in New Docu-Series With more than 30,000 patient visits a year and species ranging from dogs, cats, guinea pigs, iguanas to horses, cows, zebras and goats, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine is home to two internationally renowned teaching hospitals with some of the largest caseloads in the world. Penn Vet established the first-ever facility for the care of critically injured large animals, the first state-of-the-art minimally invasive surgery suite, the first recovery pool for equine orthopedic surgeries, and the world’s first animal bloodmobile.

PENN VET (WT) is produced for Animal Planet by High Noon Entertainment where Jim Berger, Scott Feeley, Sarah Presta and Michael Call serve as executive producers. For Animal Planet, Dawn Sinsel is executive producer, Krishna San Nicolas is producer and Meredith Russell is associate producer.

About Penn Vet

Ranked among the top ten veterinary schools worldwide, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) is a global leader in veterinary education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the first 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, handling nearly 35,000 patient visits 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. The hospital handles nearly 4,900 patient visits a year, while the Field Service treats more than 38,000 patients at local farms. In addition, New Bolton Center’s campus includes a swine center, working dairy, and poultry unit that provide valuable research for the agriculture industry.

Media Contacts

Martin Hackett
Director of Communications and Marketing
mhackett@vet.upenn.edu
215-898-1475

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

Hannah Kleckner
Communications Specialist for New Bolton Center
hkleck@vet.upenn.edu
610-925-6241