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Meet Penn Vet Students


If you really want to understand what happens here at Penn Vet, learn about our amazing students and their many outstanding accomplishments. Our students are our future and our legacy. Here are just a few of their stories...

2019 BI Awardees

Annual Boehringer Ingelheim Awards Showcase Emerging Veterinary Talent

A veterinary student conducting research into stem cell repair, another studying the use of CAR T cells against canine B cell lymphoma, and a student with an interest in equine neuromuscular disorders and protein aggregate diseases are being recognized for their efforts -- and the promise they hold -- by Boehringer Ingelheim’s Animal Health business.

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Inaugural Penn Vet Palpation Team Takes First at 2019 SAVMA Symposium Competition

The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) students took home first-place honors during the 2019 Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) Bovine Palpation Competition held March 9-11, 2019 at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.

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Going out of the box to learn to treat exotic creatures

Rebecca Revay, a fourth-year veterinary student at Penn, never had a dog growing up. Instead, her home’s animal census included “red-eared sliders, fire-bellied toads, some parrots, guinea pigs, hamsters, a lot of fish tanks, and a couple snakes,” she says.

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Penn Vet Announces Student Research Awards Recognizes Scholarly Achievements of VMD and VMD-PhD Candidates

Forty-five students presented their research, conducted over the course of one year, during last week’s Student Research Day held at the Vernon and Shirley Hill Pavilion at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet). Dr. Patricia Conrad, from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California at Davis, delivered the keynote lecture.

Penn Vet to Host Three-Day Student AVMA Symposium

Penn Vet will host the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) Symposium from March 15-17, 2018, in Philadelphia, PA. The student-organized program will consist of interactive wet labs, lectures, academic and athletic competitions, an exhibit hall, and the SAVMA House of Delegates bi-annual meeting. With over 1,100 students expected to attend, this will be Penn Vet’s first time hosting in SAVMA’s 47-year history of the event.

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Penn Vet Announces Winners of 2017 Student Inspiration Awards

Molly Klores, Brianna Parsons, Corey Spies, and Talia Wong received Penn Vet’s prestigious Student Inspiration Awards for 2017. Launched in 2008, the award is presented annually to Penn Vet students who demonstrate the potential to significantly advance the frontiers of veterinary medicine and expand the profession’s impact on the wellbeing of animals and society. A photo of the winners can be found here (from l-r: Corey Spies, Brianna Parsons, Talia Wong, and Molly Klores).

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Passion Becomes a Practice for Future Veterinarians as Animal Planet Premieres Life At Vet U

Animal Planet takes viewers behind the scenes of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) as six students embark on a journey to graduation – the culmination of four intense, but rewarding, years of never-ending studying, round-the-clock rotations and unpredictable cases.

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Vernon and Shirley Hill Announce $1 Million Scholarship Fund for VMD-MBA at Penn Vet and Wharton

With a generous $1 million gift from Vernon and Shirley Hill, Penn Vet will establish the Robert Marshak-Vernon Hill Scholarship Fund. In collaboration with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the fund will support the training of leaders and entrepreneurs with the vision to advance both the science and business of food animal production in order to help ensure global food security.

Three Penn Students Named HHMI Medical Research Fellows

Three graduate students from the University of Pennsylvania have been selected as Medical Research Fellows by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

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Animal Planet to Feature Penn Vet in New Docu-Series

Animal Planet announced today it is in production of an all-new series, PENN VET (WT), produced for the network by High Noon Entertainment. PENN VET features the first ever behind the scenes look at the University of Pennsylvania’s highly competitive veterinary school. With unprecedented access, Animal Planet will shadow fourth year students as they complete this demanding and difficult program while learning from pioneers of veterinary medicine. PENN VET is set to premiere this year.

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Penn Vet Announces Recipients of New Commonwealth One Health Scholarships

Penn Vet Dean Joan Hendricks announced today the selection of two Pennsylvania students as recipients of the inaugural Commonwealth One Health Scholarship. Recognizing the students’ potential to the School, to the veterinary profession, and to Pennsylvania agriculture, the scholarships provide full tuition subsidy for four years at Penn Vet, Pennsylvania’s only veterinary school.

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VMD-PhD Program Leads in Training

Completing a veterinary degree—with four years of intensive classwork, clinical rotations, surgeries, community outreach, and more—takes perseverance. So does earning a PhD. It takes exceptional dedication to do both.

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Change in Plans

Recent graduate Sridhar Veluvolu, V’18, entered Penn Vet wanting to be a general practitioner. By the time he graduated, he had a different plan.  

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Hooked on Birds

Linnea Tracy, V’19, believes birds are veterinary medicine’s next frontier, and she wants to help chart the way. Driven by a profound love of animals and interest in the intersections among human and animal health, agriculture and public health, Tracy has begun the journey at Penn Vet.

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The Definition of a "Real" Vet

When I tell my friends and family members what I would like to do when I graduate from Penn Vet, oftentimes I am met with the question, “Don’t you want to be a real vet?”

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Penn Vet Grads on Forbes "30 Under 30" List

Lisa Gretebeck, 26, Penn Vet Class of 2015, and Dr. Nikki Wright, 28, Penn Vet Class of 2014, have been named to Forbes’ prestigious"30 Under 30" list for 2015, in the healthcare category. Gretebeck and Wright are recognized for cofounding Pou Sante: Amar Haiti, which provides sustainable animal husbandry training and resources to impoverished families living in rural Haiti.

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2015 Student Inspiration Award Winners

Launched in 2008, the award is presented annually to Penn Vet students who demonstrate the potential to significantly advance the frontiers of veterinary medicine and expand the profession’s impact on the well being of animals and society.

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Ellen Lapuck -- Veterinarians Without Borders

Ellen Lapuck, V'18, recounts her summer experience working with Veterinarians Without Borders.

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'Hush-Puppy' device rewards dogs for quiet time

For many dog owners, incessant barking is the bane of their existence. Some resort to using “shock collars” that deliver a jolt when their animal barks. The brainchild of Penn Vet student Lindsay Gallagher, however, may one day help pet lovers quiet their pets using positive reinforcement in the form of food rewards.

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Laurel Redding: Monitoring Antibiotic Use on Andean Farms

What Redding found is telling of the challenges of making a living in these remote and often impoverished areas, and of the significant role that veterinarians can play in protecting animal and human health around the world.