Surgery Team in Ryan Hospital

Clinical Care


Lichter Dogs in Emergency Service

Clinical care can be given to sheltering facilities in the area directly via the service and consultations. By making the Shelter Medicine program at Penn Vet a resource we are able to help animals in our community and also create recommendations, protocols, and strategies that directly improve animal welfare and treatment.

Contact Shelter Medicine

Dr. Brittany Watson, Shelter Medicine 

Brittany Watson, VMD, PhD
Director, Shelter Medicine & Community Engagement
Email: brittawa@vet.upenn.edu
Phone: 215-898-8341

shelter medicine clinical with cat

In-Shelter Medical & Surgical Services

The Penn Vet Shelter Medicine program serves a diverse urban community with a variety of open intake and limited admission shelters in the Philadelphia area.

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Shelter Medicine puppy

Richard Lichter Charity for Dogs

The Richard Lichter Charity for Dogs aims to provide a medical safety net for some animals that might have been previously unsaveable. The gift enables shelter dogs with complicated conditions that go beyond the expertise of the shelter to receive the care they need at Penn Vet's Ryan Hospital.

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chihuahuas pets for life

Pets for Life

Since 2013, Penn Vet's Shelter Medicine Program has partnered with Pets for Life, an initiative of theHumane Society of the United States that provides free spay/neuter and wellness care for pets in underserved communities.

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