New Bolton Center Kennett Square, PA
Emergencies & Appointments:
Ryan Hospital Philadelphia, PA

What We Do

Our Mission

Our mission at Penn Vet is to train the next generation of veterinary leaders to advance healthcare outcomes and access, ensure global health, bolster sustainable agriculture, support interdisciplinary career paths, and foster diversity, equity, and inclusion in the profession.

What Veterinarians Do

  • Link animal science to human well-being
  • Advance food production and safety
  • Provide critical defense from global pandemics


Penn Vet Student Research Day 2014Established in 1884, Penn Vet is the only veterinary school developed in association with a medical school, and is one of only four private veterinary schools in the nation. Penn Vet's two campuses, urban and rural, offer students learning opportunities and experiences in virtually every aspect of veterinary medicine. As part of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Vet is a key partner in one of the world's great biomedical research and teaching centers. Our students can learn first-hand how veterinary medicine and research impacts human lives, as well as those of animals.

The relationship between animal health and human health is the core of our teaching tradition. Our distinguished faculty members bring a diverse range of academic backgrounds and unique perspectives to the classroom and clinic that will broaden our students' views of veterinary medicine.

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Clinical Care

Penn Vet comprises two campuses, and each campus is home to a teaching hospital.

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. 

Both hospitals have emergency services open 365 days a year, seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

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At Penn Vet, our challenge is how to advance the field of veterinary medicine, and by extension, all science. The work we do here is diverse, and our researchers continue to advance the boundaries of what we understand about both animals and humans.

murine cancerResearch at Penn Vet falls into four key focus areas:

  • Cancer
  • Infectious disease
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Neuroscience

We chose these thematic areas because they cover the major areas of biomedical science and we have outstanding scientists and clinicians working in each of these fields. In research that impacts humans and non-humans alike, Penn Vet is leading the way.

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