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Penn Vet Visiting Veterinarian Program

For Visiting Veterinarians

The program is designed for graduated Veterinarians who have completed their training and wish to focus on a specific area of sub-specialization, participate in research in collaboration with our faculty members or observe the clinical aspects of the hospital.The visiting period varies depending on the agreRyement drawn between the visiting veterinarian and the School.

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Guidelines, Requirements, and Information

The Visiting Veterinarian Program provides the opportunity for veterinarians from around the world to obtain a focused or enhanced specialty experience in the Clinical Sciences & Advanced Medicine Department and Ryan Veterinary Hospital within the School of Veterinary Medicine.

Participants will be able to observe clinical procedures or participate in research programs associated with their specialty.

For international visitors, visits longer than 8 weeks in duration are contingent upon obtaining a J-1 Visa. 

Program Considerations

All applicants need to complete and submit the following:

  • Online application (download)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Liability Release form (download)
  • Proof of current rabies vaccine (must be within the past 5 years)
  • On the day of arrival, visitors will meet with their faculty representative to sign in.

Patient interaction:

  • Interaction with patients is limited to observation in the clinics and operating rooms under the direct supervision of Penn Vet faculty members.
  • All approved veterinary visitors are granted “observer” status with no patient care responsibilities.

Travel and living costs:

  • All travel and living costs associated with a visit to our hospital are the responsibility of the visitor.
  • Health insurance coverage is also the responsibility of the applicant.
  • It is important that all visiting academicians and practitioners sign a release of responsibility form and provide written evidence of having medical health insurance.

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About CSAM and Ryan Veterinary Hospital

The Department of Clinical Sciences & Advanced Medicine and the Ryan Veterinary Hospital provide state of the art diagnosis and treatment for a variety of disorders.

Penn Vet's Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia provides care for dogs, cats, and other domestic/companion animals, handling more than 30,000 patient visits a year, some 9,000 of which are emergency cases.

Our Emergency Service — open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year — is staffed by emergency medicine clinicians and emergency/critical care specialists, as well as nursing specialists in emergency/critical care, augmented by on-call specialists. 

The Penn Vet Commitment

The Department of Clinical Sciences & Advanced Medicine plays a vital role in Penn Vet's three-part mission to educate veterinarians and the public about animal health, provide service to the public by treating sick pets and other small animals, and develop new approaches through research to improve companion animal health. 

Penn Vet includes as part of its mission a commitment to advancing the frontiers of knowledge about animal health and disease in order to improve animal well-being.

Faculty and staff in the Clinical Sciences & Advanced Medicine department operate the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital, where companion animals (pets) are seen as patients. Faculty in our department include some who have basic biomedical programs in traditional laboratories, and also many whose interests revolve around naturally occurring conditions that afflict pet animals (including but not limited to dogs and cats). These pets are brought to our hospital by their owners for diagnosis and treatment. Our department's investigations are aimed at improving the health of our animal patients, and in many cases, the results are also relevant to humans with the same conditions. 

Contact Information

  • Felicia Arnold-Carter
  • Ryan Hospital
    School of Veterinary Medicine
    University of Pennsylvania

    3900 Delancey Street

    Philadelphia PA 19104
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