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Penn Vet Commencement

2023 Commencement

2024 Commencement Exercises

The Penn Vet Class of 2024 celebrated their Commencement on Monday, May 20, 2024, at 2:30 PM (EST). The ceremony was held in the Zellerbach Theatre of the Annenberg Center. For additional details about the University’s Commencement, you can visit their Commencement page.

2024 Commencement Speaker

On Monday, May 20, 2024, Amanda Bisol, VMD, delivered the commencement address. A general practice veterinarian from rural Maine, Bisol is a staunch leader within the veterinary community. As 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, she 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, she continues to serve her community as a part-time practitioner at the Animal Medical Clinic, maintaining a balance between clinical practice and continued education.

Amanda Bisol

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    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.

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Previous Commencement Speakers

Penn Vet has been honored to host distinguished speakers like Dr. Justine Lee and Dr. Heather Fowler, who have made significant contributions to veterinary medicine. Their inspiring messages encourage our graduates to strive for excellence and make a positive impact in their profession. Dr. Albert Bourla, Chairman and CEO of Pfizer, emphasized the crucial role of veterinarians in global health during his impactful speech to the graduating class.