[September 16, 2013; Philadelphia, PA] – The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) has appointed Carol Pooser Assistant Dean of Advancement, Alumni Relations, and Communications. In this role, Pooser will oversee  the conceptualization, planning, and execution of strategic fundraising initiatives, constituent relations, and communications for Penn Vet. Pooser will work closely with the Penn Vet Board of Overseers, as well as faculty and staff in the school’s hospitals, laboratories, and academic departments.

Carole Pooser“We are extremely fortunate to have Carol join our stellar team,” said Joan C. Hendricks, VMD, PhD, the Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. “She brings vast experience and a strong commitment to the school. Her expertise will be invaluable as we continue to raise the profile of Penn Vet as a leading veterinary institution.”

Pooser’s appointment marks her return to the University of Pennsylvania. She previously served as Executive Director of External Affairs for the School of Arts and Sciences from 2007-2011. Over the past twenty years, she has held a variety of positions in higher education and community-based non-profits. Most recently, she served as Director of Funding Initiatives at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. Pooser also formerly worked in various development capacities at the Marine Biological Laboratory, the University of Florida College of Medicine, and the Florida Museum of Natural History. A seasoned fundraiser, she brings extensive knowledge of major gift fundraising, capital campaign and mission-based fundraising, annual fund and membership activities, and marketing and public relations programs.

“I am thrilled to be returning to Penn and honored to be joining the wonderful Penn Vet team,” said Pooser. “The work being done here is truly remarkable and I look forward to further showcasing how Penn Vet leads.”

Pooser earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida. She currently resides in Merion Station, PA. 

Penn Vet is a global leader in veterinary medicine education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the only veterinary school developed in association with a medical school. The school is a proud member of the One Health Initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health.

Penn Vet serves a diverse population of animals at its two campuses, which include extensive diagnostic and research laboratories. Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia provides care for dogs, cats, and other domestic/companion animals, seeing nearly 33,000 patients a year. New Bolton Center, Penn Vet’s large-animal hospital on nearly 700 acres in rural Kennett Square, PA, cares for horses and livestock/farm animals. In addition to treating about 6,000 patients annually, New Bolton Center includes a swine center, working dairy, and poultry unit that provide valuable research for the agriculture industry.

For more information, visit www.vet.upenn.edu.