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116th Penn Annual Conference

Penn Vet hosts the 116th Penn Annual Conference September 26-29, 2016, in Philadelphia, PA. The conference is one of the region's largest gatherings of veterinarians.

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A Conference in Cuba Results in Collaboration

Oriol Sunyer, a professor of immunology and pathobiology, shared his research on fish immunology and vaccine development as well as his keen interest in marine conservation.

Penn Vet to Host Largest Gathering of Veterinary Colleagues in the Region

Penn Vet will host the 115th Penn Annual Conference March 11-13, 2015, in Philadelphia, PA. The event offers continuing education credit for small- and large-animal veterinarians and technicians from across the country. The conference is one of the largest gatherings of veterinary colleagues, alumni, and friends in the region.

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Penn Vet Students Named to Forbes’ 2015 “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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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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Recent grad Meghan Ramos helps people by training animals

“Go, Osa!” says Meghan Ramos, a recent graduate of Penn’s Veterinary Medicine program. Osa, a German shepherd, runs over to a wheel, carefully sniffing one of eight arms that extend from the scent wheel’s center. At the end of each arm is a blood serum that contains either malignant or benign ovarian cancer, a normal, cancer-free serum, or a distractor scent. Osa’s trained to detect blood serums that contain malignant ovarian cancer.

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Helping Owners and Their Pets in Times of Crisis

A proud member of the class of V’94, Dr. Kenton Rexford is a lifelong Pennsylvanian and a Penn State graduate. As a founding partner with the Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center, a practice he first joined in 1998, Kenton leads the emergency team, helping owners and their pets in times of crisis.

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Anne Staudenmaier V'15

Anne Staudenmaier V’15 is the current exotics intern (soon to be resident) at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, MA.

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How a Gerenuk Reunited Two Friends

Drs. Scott and Kusmierczyk are both graduates of the class of 2010. They reunited for the first time since graduation to evaluate the gerenuk with an ocular condition. They were both active members of the Special Species Club at U Penn as veterinary students.

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Shirley Yeo Llizo - Zoo Vet

Read about Dr. Shirley Yeo Llizo's journey from small animal practitioner to Zoo Vet.

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Dr. Liz Bales

When she graduated in 2000 with a concentration in Equine Medicine, she had no idea that 16 years later she would be the founder and CEO of a start-up company striving to fulfill the environmental enrichment needs of indoor cats. 

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Dr. Jeglum

K. Ann Jeglum V’77, Diplomate ACVIM, Oncology-Adjunct Associate Professor, The Wistar Institute, received the 2015 Veterinarian of the Year - AKC Canine Health Foundation Special Industry Award presented at the 61st Annual Purina Pro Plan Show Dogs of the Year Awards event.

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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.

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Peter Vogel, V'90: The Power of Planned Giving

In addition to becoming a successful small animal veterinarian, Penn Vet alumnus Peter Vogel, V’90, has dedicated himself to strengthening the veterinary profession. He is particularly concerned about the significant loan debt facing many vet school graduates and sees a need to increase public awareness of the value that veterinarians offer to society.