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What it's like to be a Penn Vet student

Academics and Student Life

New Curriculum – Launched in the Fall of 2022

The educational paradigm in veterinary medicine has shifted and our students need new tools and a new perspective on how to become veterinarians in today's world.

  • Our students now need new tools
    • Our students now need to know how to:
      • find, assess, analyze, and synthesize that information
      • integrate information from multidisciplinary sources
      • problem-solve
      • decide on a best course of action, whether that involves patient care, the trajectory of their research, or running a business

    While knowledge is important, our new curriculum shifts towards how to use that knowledge, how to practice, how to learn iteratively and succeed by achieving competencies that build on one another.

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Interested in learning more about what it's like to be a Penn Vet student?

You may know everything you need to know about the application process, and you may have also checked out other parts of the Penn Vet website, like our two hospitals, the research happening here, our faculty... But you've got questions about what it's like to actually be a student at Penn Vet. 

The Life of a Penn Vet Student

You need to know the details. What will you study? Will you declare a major and if so, by when? Where will you live? What happens outside of the classroom? How do you get to know your fellow students? This section is all about what it's like to be at Penn Vet.

What it's like to be a student 

What You Will Study: The VMD Curriculum

Extending Your Education 

Extending Your Education

  • What if you want to study beyond the VMD degree? See if one of our dual degree programs might better suit your future plans.
  • Life Outside the Classroom 

    Life Outside the Classroom

  • What about the off hours? You can't be in class all the time, right? What clubs can you join? What about student events? What can you do outside of class to relax and blow off some of that steam that comes from intense class and clinic work?
  • You've Been Accepted! Now What? 

    You've Been Accepted! Now What?

  • And what if you are accepted and you're coming to Penn Vet? How will you find housing? What other resources for graduate students are available at the University of Pennsylvania that you can take advantage of?
  • Penn Vet Professional License and Certification Information

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