What We Do

Our mission: Penn Vet’s mission is to lead the advancement of health and science for the betterment of animals, humans, and their environment.

One Health

One Health Initiative

Penn Vet is proud to be a member of the One Health Initiative, a movement to forge co-equal, all-inclusive collaborations between physicians, veterinarians, dentists, nurses, and other scientific and environmentally related disciplines. 

What Veterinarians Do

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

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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 nearly 35,000 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 nearly 4,900 patient visits a year, while the Field Service treats more than 38,000 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.


Penn Vet Student Research Day 2014Penn 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 handles more than 35,000 patient visits 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, handling more than 4,900 patient visits annually, primarily horses. The Field Services treats 38,000 patients at local farms, including horses and livestock.

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.

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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