"Always One Health, All Ways"
–– Dr. Joan C. Hendricks, V'79, GR'80, The Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Veterinary Medicine
Thank you for your interest in Penn Vet’s Strategic Plan, which spans from 2015 to 2020. I’d argue, however, that the plan actually got its start more than two centuries ago—on November 2, 1807, when Dr. Benjamin Rush delivered a visionary speech before a medical school class at the University of Pennsylvania.
That speech, entitled “On the Duty and Advantages of Studying the Diseases of Domestic Animals, and the Remedies Proper to Remove Them,” ultimately inspired the creation of Penn Vet, the first veterinary school born from a medical school.
Furthermore, Dr. Rush presaged a fundamental concept in modern veterinary medicine: the connection among people, animals, and the environment. Known as One Health, this crucial connection is at the core of our mission today. Read the entire Dean's Message in the strategic plan below...
The Penn Vet Strategic Plan
We are pleased to present the Penn Vet Strategic Plan. You may read it in its clickable view format or download the Penn Vet Strategic Plan (PDF).