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What it's like to be a Penn Vet student

Studies and Student Life


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. 

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Felipe Garcia, V19

Fourth Year Clinical Rotation:
Felipe Garcia, V'19

"One of my favorite aspects of 4th year is seeing my in-patients feel better over time and reuniting them with their family. Sometimes they stay hospitalized for many days and I end up bonding with my patients and their owners. Part of my heart goes with my long term patients when they leave."

Felipe Garcia V'19 is completing his fourth year at Penn Vet. He is the SAVMA class president, and is planning to join a private practice when he graduates in May. 

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?