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Community Outreach

Penn Vet’s Ryan Veterinary Hospital is dedicated to connecting and contributing to the surrounding community. Through animal visitation, humane education and collaboration with other agencies, the program strives to build relationships, support the human–animal bond and further the larger mission of veterinary community outreach.

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VETPETS at the Ronald McDonald House

As a collaborative process, the Ryan Veterinary Hospital and the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House have developed a pet-visitation program. On a weekly basis, faculty, staff and students of the School of Veterinary Medicine bring their certified dogs to the Ronald McDonald House. The animals and their human companions interact directly with children and their families living at Ronald McDonald House while coping with serious illness in the family. This program emphasizes the value and strength of the human–animal connection and the benefits of animal-assisted therapy.

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In the News

 Vivian named 'Therapy Ambassador' of 2013 National Dog Show

Vivian, Canine Therapy AmbassadorFor the second year in a row, Vivian, Michele's Staffordshire Terrier mix, has been named 'Therapy Ambassador' for the National Dog Show in Oaks, PA. In this role, she represents dogs that provide comfort to people in trying situations, whether in hospitals, schools, disaster zones, or nursing homes. Visit Vivian's Facebook page.