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What We Do

At Penn Vet, our mission comprises teaching, healing, and scientific investigation. We believe that as veterinarians, we not only practice medicine and conduct groundbreaking research to advance all medicine, we teach the next generation to do the same.

Education

Established 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 for companion animals is located on the Philadelphia campus, at the University of Pennsylvania.Ryan Hospital sees close to 33,000 patients a year, including dogs, cats, less common mammals, and exotic animals such as birds, reptiles and amphibians.

New Bolton Center is located in Kennett Square, PA. New Bolton Center is renown as one of the nation's foremost large animal hospitals, treating approximately 6,000 patients annually, 85 percent of which are horses.

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

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Research

 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.

Research 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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