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Veterinary Advocate Dr. Amanda Bisol, V’11, named as Penn Vet’s 2024 Commencement Speaker

Date: Apr 3, 2024

[April 2, 2024; PHILADELPHIA] – Amanda Bisol, VMD, will deliver the address at the 2024 University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) Commencement to be held on Monday, May 20, 2024.

“In my role as Dean, I have the privilege of meeting Penn Vet alumni around the globe, and I am constantly reminded of the astounding lives of our graduates. They span every sector of our profession, as practice owners and associates, thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, scholars, conservationists, military personnel, and every other imaginable permutation of veterinary medicine and society,” said the Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Veterinary Medicine, Andrew M. Hoffman, DVM, DVSc, DACVIM. “Dr. Bisol is a role model for all who aspire to have an impact on the world in which we live. I am thrilled to announce her as our speaker, and I look forward to welcoming her to this year’s Commencement ceremony.”

Amanda Bisol 
Amanda Bisol, VMD

A general practice veterinarian from rural Maine, Bisol is a staunch leader within the veterinary community. A 2011 Penn Vet graduate, Bisol embarked on a journey marked by a commitment to the well-being of animals and the advancement of the veterinary profession. Over the course of a decade, Bisol practiced veterinary medicine at the Animal Medical Clinic in Skowhegan, Maine, where she served as part-owner for six years. In 2019, driven by a desire to become a more formidable advocate for fellow veterinarians and the profession, Bisol entered the University of Maine’s School of Law to pursue her Juris Doctor degree. Amidst her legal studies, Bisol continues to serve her community as a part-time practitioner at the Animal Medical Clinic, maintaining a balance between clinical practice and continued education.

From 2016 through 2020, Bisol served as director on the Maine Veterinary Medical Association’s (MVMA) Board and held the role of legislative chair. She is a 2017 recipient of the MVMA’s Service Award for her efforts in lobbying, rulemaking, and advancing continuing education on veterinarians' involvement in Maine’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. She received the award again in 2023 for her volunteer efforts and continued advocacy for veterinarians in Maine and across the country. Bisol also served as alternate delegate and delegate for the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) House of Delegates; and in 2019 she was elected to the AVMA’s House Advisory Committee. In 2022, she was elected to the AVMA Board of Directors representing District 1 for a six-year term.

In addition to her Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris (VMD), Dr. Bisol holds a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology and a double major in Professional Writing from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

“Despite her myriad of responsibilities, Dr. Bisol serves as a relentless advocate for the profession and all its stakeholders. Her fervent efforts underscore her dedication to enhancing the well-being of patients, clients, and communities alike,” said Hoffman. “Her unwavering dedication to advocacy and leadership serves as an inspiration to veterinarians across the country.”

Event details are available on Penn Vet’s 2024 Commencement page.

About Penn Vet

Ranked among the top ten veterinary schools worldwide, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) is a global leader in veterinary education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the first 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, handling more than 34,600 patient visits 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. The hospital handles more than 6,200 patient visits a year, while our Field Services have gone out on more than 5,500 farm service calls, treating some 18,700 patients at local farms. In addition, New Bolton Center’s campus includes a swine center, working dairy, and poultry unit that provide valuable research for the agriculture industry.