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Penn Vet Visiting Veterinarian/PhD Program


Guidelines, Requirements, and Information

The Visiting Veterinarian/PhD 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 your PhD specialty. For international visitors, visits longer than 8 weeks in duration are contingent upon obtaining a J-1 Visa. 

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. 

  • Veterinary Students

    Veterinary students who wish to complete in an externship and participate in one of our clinical rotations should learn more about Penn Vet Externships and apply...

  • Residents and Interns

    Residents and Interns participating in another veterinary school’s residency and internship program who wish to visit or participate in one of our clinical rotations can learn about clinical opportunities at Penn Vet.

  • Prospective Ryan Hospital Residents and Interns

    Residents and Interns who wish to complete a residency or internship here at Ryan Hospital need to go through the Veterinary Residency and Internship Match Program at www.virmp.org.

  • Visiting Veterinarians and PhD Researchers

    The program is designed for graduated Veterinarians and Ph.D. researchers 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 for their PhD program or observe the clinical aspects of the hospital.

    The period of appointment for a Visiting Veterinarian/PhD researcher varies from 2 weeks to several months or up to two years.

    Researchers should indicate their research and collaboration interests.

Program Considerations

All applicants need to complete the following:

  • Complete the online application (download)
  • Download CV
  • Complete the Liability Release form (download)
  • Submit proof of current rabies vaccine (within the past 5 years)- If applicable
  • All visitors must report to the Chairman’s Office on the day of their arrival to sign in and present the necessary paperwork.

International visiting veterinarians/PhD researchers:

  • International visitors should be able to verbally communicate in English. Additional note: if visiting for 8 weeks or longer, a J Visa may be required, and we will contact the applicant with the details. Please keep in mind that a J Visa may take up to 6 weeks to process.

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.

Program Fees

A fee is charged for all visiting clinicians who wish to observe and receive training in the clinic areas of Ryan Veterinary Hospital– there is no fee for PhD researchers and clinicians who are visiting for purposes of collaborating with Penn Vet faculty in researcher endeavors. Once you are accepted as a visitor, visiting clinicians should bring the appropriate fee on their 1st day (cash or check made out to Ryan Veterinary Hospital with the name of the service you are visiting listed).

Program Fees
  • Academics: Observation only/Citizenship
No Charge 
  •  Academics: CE/Training
 $1,500/week
  • Private Practice
 $1,500/week
  • Recent Penn Graduate
50% discount 

Contact Information

  • Denise Danner
  • Visiting Veterinarian/PhD Researcher Program
  • Department of Clinical Sciences and Advanced Medicine
  • School of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • 3900 Delancey Street
  • Philadelphia PA 19104
  • Email: danner@vet.upenn.edu

Contact Information

  • Angela Lobis
  • Ryan Hospital
  • Visiting Residents and Intern Program
  • School of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • 3900 Delancey Street
  • Philadelphia PA 19104
  • Email: lobisang@vet.upenn.edu