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

Our Leadership

Greetings from Dean Andrew Hoffman

Penn Vet Dean Andrew HoffmanIt is my great honor and privilege to serve as the next Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine. Penn Vet’s tradition of excellence is marked by our deep commitment to education, advanced clinical care, and innovative research.

At the center of our efforts is compassion for both animals and people, as well as the preservation of a healthy environment. People look to veterinarians as professionals who not only deliver healthcare throughout the lifespan of animals, but also improve our quality of life within that context. We value relationships with our clients and further their interests along with those of the local community. Moreover, as a profession and an institution, veterinarians are well positioned to contribute solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges, including food security, biosecurity, biodiversity, antimicrobial stewardship, and climate change.

On the campus where modern veterinary medicine was born, we have an obligation to train a diverse student body on emerging career pathways. Adapting the curriculum to a new vision of the veterinary profession will be critical to our success. Penn Vet will further strengthen our profession by enabling broader opportunities through novel certificate and dual degree programs that break down traditional boundaries between the veterinary and other professional disciplines: public health, human healthcare, social policy, business, and law. As a result, graduating VMDs will be better prepared to fashion their own career goals, and ultimately contribute more creatively and effectively towards building a better world.

We have an outstanding foundation on which to build our future success. I want to thank my predecessor, Dr. Joan Hendricks, for her unwavering commitment to Penn Vet and for an outstanding contribution to the transition between deans. As your new Dean, I look forward to soliciting insight and ideas from students, alumni, overseers, faculty, and staff as we shape the future of not only Penn Vet, but that of the next generation of veterinary professionals.

I am very excited to get to know you, and to serve in the best interests of our wider community.

Warmest regards,

Andrew M. Hoffman, DVM, DVSc, Diplomate, ACVIM

Gilbert S. Kahn Dean
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

Contributing Solutions

"Veterinarians are well positioned to contribute solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges ..."

Andrew Hoffman,
Gilbert S. Kahn Dean

Our Board

A board of overseers is the advisory body to the dean of a school or the director of a major center at the University of Pennsylvania. While formal institutional governance and fiduciary responsibility for the University rests solely with its Board of Trustees, Overseer boards serve as a vital channel of communication with the Trustees on the activities of Penn's schools and centers.

Boards of overseers afford Penn ready panels of professionals, experts, and informed lay people who provide volunteer leadership and financial support to the areas they serve. Overseers also serve as ambassadors and spokespersons by linking the campus to the world.

Board of Overseers

  • Mr. Mark D. Spitzer, W’71, Chair
  • Mr. Martin E. Winter, G’76, W’76, Vice Chair
  • Dr. Amy Iris Attas, G’83, V’87
  • Dr. Steven W. Atwood, V’80
  • Hon. Martin T. Causer, ex officio
  • Mrs. Kathryn L. Champ
  • Mr. Christopher B. Cowan, WG’91
  • Mrs. Ilona S. English, WEV’77, GFA’88
  • Dr. Juan Luis Ferrer Perez, C’78, V’82
  • Mr. Lawrence Otis Graham 
  • Mr. Marc A. Hembrough, W’84
  • Dr. Pamela R. Henderson
  • Mr. Christian Herr, ex officio
  • Mr. Sam Kieffer, ex officio
  • Ms. Felicia Madison Levy, C’87
  • William R. Levy, Esq.
  • Mr. Richard Lichter
  • Mr. Keith A. Morgan, C’83
  • Hon. Eddie Day Pashinski, ex officio 
  • Mr. Ken Raney, ex officio
  • Hon. Russell Redding, ex officio
  • Mrs. Linda Richardson
  • Mrs. Gail Petty Riepe, CW’68
  • Mrs. Caroline Rosen
  • Dr. Deborah S. Rothman, C’95
  • Ms. Christa B. Schmidt
  • Hon. Judith L. Schwank, ex officio
  • Mrs. Hope Gittis Sheft, C’86
  • Hon. Elder A. Vogel, Jr., ex officio
  • Mr. John Vogel, ex officio


  • Mrs. Patricia Billhardt
  • Ms. Christine C. Connelly
  • Mrs. Mindy Heyer, C’79, W’79, WG’80

Dean's Council

Dean's Council comprises senior leadership from our School, including faculty and senior management from research, clinical service, education, and administration.This governing body meets regularly with the Dean to discuss strategic priorities and serves to support the Dean in guiding the School.

Dean's Council

Gary Althouse, DVM, PhD
  • Marion Dilley and David George Jones Endowed Chair in Animal Reproduction
  • Associate Dean for Sustainable Agriculture and Veterinary Practices Professor of Swine Health and Reproduction

Mary Bryant, VMD
  • Assistant Dean of Students & Admissions

Barbara Dallap Schaer, VMD, DACVS, DACVECC
  • Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine & Critical Care
  • Medical Director, New Bolton Center Hospital

Oliver Garden, BVetMed, PhD, DACVIM, DECVIM
  • Corinne R. and Henry Bower Professor of Medicine
  • Chair, Clinical Sciences & Advanced Medicine

Meaghan Hogan, JD, LLM
  • Vice Dean, Institutional Advancement

James B. Lok, PhD
  • Professor, Parasitology
  • Chair, Pathobiology

Olena Jacenko, PhD
  • Professor of Biochemistry
  • Associate Dean, Academic Affairs & Diversity

Jillian Marcussen
  • Chief of Staff
  • Office of the Dean

Kathryn E. Michel, DVM, DACVN
  • Professor of Nutrition
  • Associate Dean, Education

Michael B. Mison, DVM, DACVS
  • Professor, Clinical Surgery
  • Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer, Ryan Hospital

Jennifer Punt, VMD, PhD
  • Associate Dean for One Health

Ellen Puré, PhD
  • Grace Lansing Lambert Professor
  • Chair of Biomedical Sciences

Dean W. Richardson, DVM, DACVS
  • Charles W. Raker Professor of Equine Surgery
  • Co-Chair, Clinical Studies-New Bolton Center

Phillip Scott, PhD
  • Professor of Pathobiology
  • Vice Dean for Research & Academic Resources

Robert Schieri, MBA, CPA
  • Vice Dean and Chief Financial Officer

Corinne Sweeney, DVM
  • Professor of Medicine
  • Associate Dean, New Bolton Center

Raymond W. Sweeney, VMD, DACVIM
  • Mark Whittier & Lila Griswold Allam Professor
  • Co-Chair, Clinical Studies-New Bolton Center