[January 6, 2014; Philadelphia, PA] – The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) announces the appointment of Kathy Michel, DVM, as Associate Dean of Education.

Penn Vet, Dr. Kathryn MichelIn this role, Dr. Michel will assess the School’s curriculum, ensure that the School maintains its accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education, and create professional development opportunities for faculty.

Dr. Michel also will have the opportunity to engage with Penn Vet students on a regular basis. “Our students are remarkable,” she said. “I never cease to be amazed by their energy, dedication, and the breadth of their interests. It’s such a gift to be able to work with them.”

Penn Vet is a world leader in educating future veterinarians and researchers. Since 1887, Penn Vet has graduated more than 6,000 veterinarians who have gone on to diverse careers in veterinary medicine, research, and public health, in both the private and non-profit sectors in fields such as pharmaceutics, biotech research, and public policy. The vast majority of Pennsylvania's practicing veterinarians are Penn Vet grads, and their most vital tasks include ensuring food safety and providing critical research and care to our animal agriculture industry.

“I am delighted that Dr. Michel will continue to move our educational program forward. Not only is she a dedicated and innovative teacher herself, but she also brought formal communications training to our curriculum,” said Joan C. Hendricks, VMD, PhD, the Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. “Dr. Michel’s steadfast dedication to Penn Vet, along with her enthusiasm and vision for the future will take us to new heights. As she completes her formal training at Penn’s Graduate School of Education, Dr. Michel is poised to professionalize our teaching programs and create pioneering methods for measuring learning and teaching outcomes. We look forward to watching both our faculty and students thrive under her leadership.”

Dr. Michel’s career at Penn spans more than 25 years. In addition to serving as Associate Dean of Education, she is Professor of Nutrition at Penn Vet. She is a Diplomate and former Chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Nutrition. Her research interests include nutritional assessment, nutritional requirements of hospitalized companion animals, nutrient modulation of gastrointestinal and endocrine diseases, and obesity treatment and prevention.

Dr. Michel received her bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College and her DVM from Tufts University. She completed a residency in small animal clinical nutrition and a master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship with the Nutrition Support Service at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She was awarded the Jack Mara Scientific Achievement Award by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care for her contributions to critical care nutrition. 

Dr. Michel is currently pursuing a master’s degree in medical education at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. She resides in Bryn Mawr, PA.

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.