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Training the Next Generation of Veterinary Leaders


A faculty member looks on as students perform their first spay.Our students represent the best and brightest scientific minds. They benefit from a diverse and dynamic faculty with broad expertise, exposure to a wide variety of species on both the urban Philadelphia campus and the rural New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, PA. And our students have access to over 500 laboratories across the University of Pennsylvania, known for its strengths in biomedical research. 

Distinguished by their Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris (VMD) degree, unique among veterinary schools, they are dedicated to both animal and human health for the benefit of society. Armed with the knowledge and hands-on training they receive at Penn Vet, they have the potential to make significant contributions to animal welfare, public health, and public safety on an increasingly international scale. 

You can support our educational mission and ensure that Penn Vet remains at the forefront of veterinary medicine with a gift today. Gifts to scholarship allow the School to recruit the most promising students and gives them an opportunity to pursue their dreams without the burden of student debt. Gifts in support of faculty foster academic excellence and contribute to the diversity and preeminence of Penn.

Here are some ways you might consider making the difference to our future veterinary leaders and the wonderful faculty who train them:

Giving Opportunities

  • Raker Endowed Opportunity Scholarship Fund

  • Veterinary Student Scholarship Fund


Excellence in Teaching

  •  The School is home to 110 standing faculty members
  • We offer 18 endowed professorships, representing the highest level of academic achievement in the field of veterinary medicine and research. A gift toward an endowed professorship will ensure that our faculty will continue to be the best in the world.
  • If you are interested in making a gift, please call us at 215-898-1482.
  • Learn more about Penn's Compact 2020, moving the University of Pennsylvania into the next decade.

The Merits of Endowed Professorships

  • An endowed professorship is one that is supported by a permanent endowment that provides support for the chair holder’s salary, scholarly activities, or some combination of them
  • Appointments to endowed professorships may be for a fixed term or for the duration of the chair holder’s tenure
  • With an endowed professorship, we can recruit and retain tenured faculty who contribute to the diversity and preeminence of Penn.

Endowed Professorships at Penn Vet

There are 18 endowed professorships at Penn Vet. These are:

  • Henry and Corinne R. Bower Professor of Small Animal Medicine
  • Elizabeth and William Whitney Clark Assistant Professor of Oncology (Dr. Nicola Mason)
  • Pamela Cole Career Development Chair
  • Georgia & Phillip Hoffman Chair of Research
  • Jacques Jenny Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Marion Dilley and David George Jones Chair in Animal Reproduction (Dr. Gary Althouse)
  • Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Veterinary Medicine (Dr. Joan Hendricks)
  • Grace Lansing Lambert Professor of Biomedical Science (Dr. Ellen Puré)
  • Richard King Mellon Professor (Dr. Ralph Brinster)
  • Marie A. Moore Associate Professor of Human Ethics and Animal Welfare (Dr. James Serpell)
  • Charles W. Raker Professor of Equine Surgery (Dr. Dean Richardson)
  • Dean W. Richardson Chair in Equine Disease Research
  • Charlotte Newton Sheppard Chair of Medicine
  • Lawrence Baker Sheppard Professor of Equine Surgery
  • Marilyn M. Simpson Professor in Equine Medicine
  • Mark Whittier and Lila Griswold Allam Professor of Medicine
  • Gilmore and James Chair of Vet Medicine
  • Harriet Ellison Woodward Professor of Veterinary Medicine (Dr. Narayan Avadhani)