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Incoming Students

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Penn Vet Academic Calendar

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What You Need to Know

  • Financial Aid

    Make sure you've read our section on Financial Assistance. It's important that you understand the costs of a VMD and the financial support you can get.

    Learn more about Costs and Financial Assistance...

  • Student Services

    Campus Express: With Campus Express, you can access the most essential student services from one central website.

    For security purposes, you will need a Penn ID, or Penn Card, to access certain buildings and facilities both at Penn Vet and at Penn. More information will be provided directly by the Office for Students regarding PennCards and  the Penn ID Center.

  • Housing

    Off-Campus Services at the University of Pennsylvania is a resource to help members of the community, including all undergraduate and graduate students, staff and faculty. Visit Off-Campus Services at UPenn to get a sense of what's next. 

    Search for rental listings offered by Penn's Off-Campus Services - It's a great way to get acquainted with housing options in Philadelphia and the campus area.

  • Student Health Services
    • The University of Pennsylvania requires all incoming students to be immunized against certain diseases and to submit this information to the Student Health Service Immunization Compliance Office.  You must submit immunization history before you matriculate.  This is a multi-step process and the deadline for submission is July 1.

      The following is important information from Student Health Services ( regarding this compliance and submission of health forms (immunization record and medical history).

      An overview of the immunization requirements including links to all instructions, documents, and a FAQ is located at:

      Instructions for submission of your Immunization History are located at:

      Please read the instructions carefully.

      You can leave the Student ID# line blank (it should have been included in your Pennkey Set Up Code letter), but just make sure you include your full name and date of birth.

      You will need to use your PennKey and Password to enter your immunization history.  Please contact the SHS Immunization Office if you need any help. Please do not return this information to the Veterinary School.  Submission of these health forms is a University requirement.  If these forms are not submitted, or are incomplete, the University will place you on hold and not permit us to register you as a student.  We strongly advise you to keep a copy of your immunization form for your records.

      If you have questions regarding the immunization requirement or completing your history, please contact the Immunization Office directly at 215-746-3535 or via secure message at

    • Student Health Insurance: All students must have some form of health insurance or the University will block your registration. University health insurance and enrollment/waiver information are generally mailed directly to each student in early summer.  Open enrollment/waiver begins on July 1 via the Penn Portal.  Please visit the Insurance Office for further information.

      If you do not receive information or have questions,  please call the Insurance Office directly at 215.746.3535.

  • What You Need to Get Started
    • Certification of Rabies Vaccinations: You must be inoculated against rabies.  You will need to complete and return the Certification of Rabies Vaccinations (PDF) by August 1.  Rabies immunization is extremely important as southeastern Pennsylvania is an endemic area of raccoon rabies which is beginning to spill over into the dog, cat, horse, and cow population.  Incoming students will be provided with detailed information regarding vaccinations via direct email in May of 2020 from the Office for Students.
    • Computing Information: The Penn Vet IT Group provides a wide array of technology services and technical support for the students, staff, and faculty of the School of Veterinary Medicine. All Penn Vet students are provided with an email account and class mailing list services, personal network storage, antivirus software, Web portal access to academic and administrative services, access to digital curriculum, Help Desk support, network wireless connectivity throughout our campuses, and access to computing lab facilities. Penn Vet students also receive support from University IT staff in addition to support and services delivered through Penn Vet. Download the Computing Information (PDF). 
    • Complete and Return your 2024-Class Notes Form (MSWord).  Instructions regarding this form will be provided to incoming students via direct email in May of 2020 from the Office for Students.
    • Microscope Information:  First Year Students:  For Academic Year 2020-21, microscopes will not be required for use in first year veterinary courses.  This may change in future academic years. Microscope information for the next year will be communicated to first year students by the Office for Students. Second Year Students:  For Academic Year 2020-21, as of June 1, 2020, a microscope is required for second year courses in parasitology and clinical pathology.  Should this change, this site will be updated, and students will be notified with ample time regarding microscopes and procedures.  
    • Gross Anatomy Introduction (PDF). 
    • Anatomy Lab Supplies: Disposable gloves - Nitrile recommended.
      Dissection kit to include: a number 4 GERMAN-MADE handle, a good supply of number 21 or 22 blades, a rat-toothed forceps and a blunt stainless-steel probe. Tingley Over-Shoe Boots - detailed information will be emailed by the Office for Students.
    • Introduction to Clinical Veterinary Medicine Supplies -Good quality stethoscope, timing device, coveralls, khakis and polo shirt, Tingley over-Shoe Boots - detailed information will be emailed by the Office for Students.
    • Recommended Textbooks (PDF). Information for the Class of 2024 will be posted in May/June of 2020.
    • Orientation Schedule:
      • Tuesday, Aug. 25, Wednesday, Aug. 26, Thursday, Aug.27, 2020.
        First Day of Class is Monday, Aug. 31, 2020.
    • Class hour-plans will not be finalized until mid-August. The tentative 2020-2021 Academic Year Calendar will be posted by March 1, 2020.