The Power of Penn Vet

On the campus where modern veterinary medicine was born,
in the clinics and classrooms where today’s specialties first became fields of study,
Penn Vet continues to lead the profession.

Our Priorities

The Power of Penn Vet Campaign Leadership

Jay G. Goldman, W'79 PAR'13

Jay G Goldman, W'79
Co-Chair, School of Veterinary Medicine Campaign

Richard Lichter

Richard Lichter, Penn Vet
Co-Chair, School of Veterinary Medicine Campaign

Gail Petty Riepe, CW'68 PAR'98

Gail Petty Riepe, Penn Vet
Co-Chair, School of Veterinary Medicine Campaign

Dean Joan Hendricks and Rocky, her English BulldogJoan C. Hendricks, Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Veterinary Medicine

As the Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine, Joan Hendricks, VMD-PhD, has served as a tireless advocate and visionary leader in the rethinking of what it means to be a veterinarian in today's world. 

"Our role as veterinarians isn't limited to animal health. Uniquely trained in comparative biology, veterinarians are the only members of the clinical profession – including human medical professionals – who see many different species, and understand medicine fundamentally such that all species benefit.

"Veterinarians approach medicine with a global perspective, supporting public health and making a huge impact on people's well-being. They also play an integral role in food safety and food production. Since people share many of the same diseases and biology as animals, veterinarians play a critical role in preventing and controlling diseases. In fact, veterinary medicine is the profession that stands between all of humanity and plague and famine.

"Vets will always be needed to treat cats and dogs. But it is their ability to link animal science to human well-being, advance food production and safety, and provide critical defense from global pandemics that needs to be better understood."