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Penn Vet & the Pennsylvania Farm Show

On Wednesday, January 13, 2021, Penn Vet held an exclusive, interactive 2021 Pennsylvania Farm Show webinar event, presented by Penn Vet's  'Bellwether Sessions' e-learning series:

Speaking of Agriculture:Where Animal Health, Food Safety, and the Veterinary Profession Meet

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 | 4:00PM - 5:00 PM (EST)

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, veterinarians are “the only doctors educated to protect the health of both animals and people…and they play critical roles in food safety and public health.” 

While COVID-19 remains a looming public health threat, other diseases continue to imperil animal health, farmers, and the agriculture industry as a whole - here in the Commonwealth, in the region, and across the globe. More than ever, Pennsylvania’s veterinarians are critical to keeping tabs on these potential threats to ensure animals large and small remain healthy, sustaining the livelihoods of local agricultural producers, and contributing to a safe and secure food supply.

Hosted as part of Penn Vet’s ongoing Bellwether Sessions series, this interactive live roundtable –  held during the virtual 2021 Pennsylvania Farm Show – explored the unique, multi-faceted roles of three Penn Vet alumni and one current Penn Vet student while simultaneously spotlighting exciting career opportunities within the veterinary profession.

The event was moderated by Joseph Bender, DVM, MS; Assistant Professor of Clinical Dairy Production Medicine at Penn Vet, who led an engaging conversation with guest Penn Vet alumni panelists and answered audience questions live during the session. 

Penn Vet Alumni panelists for the event included:

    • Dr. Allyson Anderson; Owner, Headwaters Veterinary Service, Potter County, PA; Headwaters Veterinary Service is an ambulatory practice for dairy and beef cattle, small ruminants, swine and poultry
    • Dr. Meghann Pierdon; Assistant Professor, Clinical Production Medicine, Penn Vet; Chair, Research Committee, Animal Health and Diagnostic Commission, PA Department of Agriculture
    • Noah Shulman; Fourth-year veterinary student, graduating in May 2021, majoring in dairy herd health 
    • Dr. Jacob Werner; Research Professor and Attending Veterinarian for Agricultural Animals and Wildlife, the Pennsylvania State University


As Pennsylvania’s only veterinary school, Penn Vet has a responsibility in ensuring the health, sustainability, and viability of the Commonwealth’s leading industry: agriculture. Learn more about how we support farmers, veterinarians, agricultural organizations, governmental agencies, and the broader health communities in order to safeguard against disease and optimize human, animal, and environmental health. 


Farm of the Future Lecture Series

The Farm of the Future, a series of dialogues focused on advancing sustainable agriculture involving animal production for viable and humane food systems. These dialogues are a joint project of Penn Vet and the Weitzman School of Design at Penn, organized by PennPraxis. Below you can find links to the videos of these virtual events.

Missed out on Penn’s Farm of the Future Symposium series? Tune into the sessions on-demand.

Penn Vet Agriculture in the Media

  • Water Temperature and Horse Drinking Behavior

    The HorseMonday, Nov 18, 2019
    Dr Sue McDonnell sheds light on a New Bolton Center study that looks at how water temperature might affect how much a horse drinks.
  • Using Geospatial Mapping to Track Livestock Diseases

    Successful FarmingMonday, Nov 4, 2019
    Dr Meghann Pierdon uses technology like geospatial information systems to protect PA’s pig farms from emerging diseases and ensure a secure pork supply for the state’s consumers.
  • Cows hold promise in future food systems

    FeedstuffsWednesday, Dec 18, 2019
    At the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine, researchers harness the power of real-time geospatial information systems (GIS) to safeguard Pennsylvania's farms and food supply.
  • What China's pork apocalypse means for America

    The HillWednesday, Nov 6, 2019
    Perhaps more than any other commodity, pork shows that the costs of the US-China trade war are as much political and environmental as they are economic.
  • Using Geospatial Mapping to Track Livestock Diseases

    Successful FarmingTuesday, Nov 5, 2019
    Penn Vet researchers are using geospatial information systems to pinpoint current and emerging swine and poultry disease hotspots to control potentially devastating diseases.