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Volunteering at Penn Vet


Volunteers play a crucial role in supporting our organization. There are many ways you can contribute your skills and passions. Each of our hospitals offers Volunteer Services.

Ryan Hospital Volunteer Program

  • Penn Vet's Ryan Hospital for companion animals is committed to making a positive contribution to the Philadelphia community. One way community outreach and support is accomplished is by offering a competitive volunteer program for interested, driven, and dedicated individuals. 

    Why Volunteer?

    Volunteers are a valuable asset not only to the community-at-large, but also to our team of veterinarians, students and staff. Each volunteer accepted into this prestigious program gains access to the inside world of academic veterinary medicine. Our volunteers are a valued and respected part of the team.

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    Penn Vet is one of the nation's most respected veterinary schools. Recently designated as one of the nation's first veterinary trauma centers by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC), Ryan Hospital stands out among its peers with respect to its expertise and level of compassionate care.

    Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ryan Hospital specializes in delivering the most advanced care available to an array of companion animals. We treat more than 30,000 patients annually from dogs and cats to lizards and ferrets, offering more than 20 specialty areas.

    Requirements for the Ryan Hospital Volunteer Program

    • Volunteers are required to be at least 18 years of age and be available to work a minimum of eight (8) hours per week.
    • Volunteers accepted into the program must carry their own health insurance.
    • Duties may include assisting the medical staff with patient needs as well as stocking, cleaning, delivering and retrieving medications and supplies.
    • Please Note: Students whose aim is to apply to professional school, must complete two semesters of service as a Ryan Hospital volunteer before requesting consideration for recommendation letters.

    Apply Online to Volunteer at Ryan Hospital

    Download an Application (PDF)

    If you choose to download the Volunteer application, please fill it out and mail it to:

    Volunteer Program
    Ryan Veterinary Hospital
    Penn Vet
    3900 Delancey Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

New Bolton Center Volunteer Program

  • Why Volunteer?

    Our volunteers are able to meet new people, gain life skills and experience, and explore career options in the field of Veterinary Medicine.  The volunteer program plays a significant role in providing exceptional patient care at New Bolton Center.

    Volunteer Opportunities

  • 1. Teen Summer Volunteer Program (June-August)

    The Teen Summer Volunteer Program is designed to offer career exploration opportunities into the field of Veterinary Medicine.  Volunteers complete a rotating schedule among various departments in the hospital.

    Volunteer candidates must:

    • Be at least 16 years of age.
    • Provide proof of health insurance.
    • Submit a resume with a completed volunteer application and waiver form. 
    • Be available for five consecutive weeks, Monday through Friday 7am-3pm.
    NOTE: Our volunteer positions for this year have been filled. If you are interested in volunteering in the future, please check back in the fall when we will be posting our online volunteer form again.

    2. College Intern Program (Semester Sessions)

    The College Intern Program allows volunteers to gain hands on large animal handling experience and exposure to the daily operations of a large animal teaching hospital.  The responsibilities of our volunteers can vary, but typically include transporting patients to and from various appointments within the hospital, assisting with routine daily care of the patients such as grooming and feeding, as well as assisting with the monitoring of patients and medical procedures.  The level of large animal handling experience will be assessed to determine what level of patient contact the volunteer can have, varying from observation to hands on. The program can be completed for required observation hours or college credit if the volunteer’s college program allows. 

    Volunteer Candidates must:

    • Be enrolled in a college program and interested in pursuing a career in the field of Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine or a related field. 
    • Be able to complete 60 hours of service during the semester. 
    • Provide proof of health insurance.
    • Submit a resume with a completed volunteer application and waiver form.

    The semester sessions are as follows:

    • Fall:   Application Deadline September 1
    • Winter:   Application deadline December 1
    • Spring:  Application deadline January 1
    • Summer:   Application deadline March 1
    NOTE: Our volunteer positions for this year have been filled. If you are interested in volunteering in the future, please check back in the fall when we will be posting our online volunteer form again.

New Bolton Center Volunteer Program

Please note: There has been a technical issue that prohibited the smooth flow of volunteer information to the Volunteer Coordinator since December 2013.  We are aware of the issue and are working to contact everyone who has completed an application.