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Phi Zeta Student Research Day


Student research dayJoin Penn Vet students and faculty on Phi Zeta Student Research Day to learn about the many, exciting research projects designed and conducted by our students. VMD and VMD/PhD students will present their research projects in oral and poster presentations representing a range of studies carried out in basic and clinical laboratories both at Penn Vet and campus-wide. 

Phi Zeta Student Research Day 2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015
12 noon - 6 pm
Hill Pavilion Lobby and Auditorium
380 S. University Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Online registration opens in December.

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. John Clifford, DVM, Chief Veterinary Officer for the USDA and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Deputy Administrator for Veterinary Services

Dr. John R. Clifford is an American veterinarian. Since 1985 he has been with APHIS, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, where he held various positions including USDA Chief Veterinary Officer. John Clifford received DVM and BS degrees in animal science from the University of Missouri and before joining APHIS he was a private veterinarian.

Previous Phi Zeta Research Day Events

See photos from Student Research Day 2014.


History of Phi Zeta

Phi Zeta was originated in 1925 by a group of senior veterinary students in the New York State Veterinary College at Cornell University. With the assistance of a group of faculty members, including the Dean of the College, Dr. Veranus A. Moore, the Society was formally organized, and Dean Moore was elected as the first president of the Alpha Chapter. The Society of Phi Zeta was organized in 1929 at a meeting in Detroit, Michigan, and Dean Moore became the first president of the Society. Also in 1929, a charter was granted to the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Beta Chapter was established. Since then twenty-four chapters have been chartered, bringing the total number of chapters to twenty-seven.

The organizers of the Society, when seeking a suitable name, sought the help of a learned Greek scholar, Professor George P. Bristol of Cornell University.  Professor Bristol suggested a Greek word, which in the Latin form is spelled PHILOZOI and means "love for animals." The abbreviation of Phi Zeta was adopted as the name of the society.

See photos from Student Research Day 2014.

Student research day