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Community Partnerships

Shelter Medicine partners with regional sheltering organizations, national welfare organizations, campus-wide outreach initiatives, schools, foundations, and community organizations, as well as clinical services and researchers right here at Penn Vet.

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Regional Shelter Medicine Partnerships

Penn Vet has established formal relationships with organizations across the Philadelphia area, including:

Penn Vet students and faculty provide consultative services, educational programs, and/or surgical and medical care for animals in these facilities.

Community Engagement Partners

Partnerships are central to the Penn Vet Shelter Medicine program, having impact in the community. Our partners include:

Community Engagement Partners

Pets for Life

Since 2013, Penn Vet's Shelter Medicine Program has partnered with Pets for Life, an initiative of the Humane Society of the United States that provides free spay/neuter and wellness care for pets in underserved communities. This partnership enhances the education of veterinary students while providing animals with care they need—but which their owners may not be able to afford.

Netter Center


The Netter Center for Community Partnerships runs the Pipeline Program in the Sayer and West Philadelphia High Schools, a multi-tiered educational initiative that teaches fundamental principles of medicine to medically underrepresented and underserved public high school students in Philadelphia.

Penn Vet is integrated into the cardiology, gastrointestinal, and neurology pipeline and runs the final senior year pipeline for the program with a focus in veterinary medicine. This focuses on multidisciplinary lessons that have been proven to change knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of high school students.  

The Netter Center also runs after-school initiatives in local middle schools in the West Philadelphia area that will integrate senior year veterinary students on rotation to teach students about animals. 

Bridging Gaps


Penn Vet Shelter Medicine students participate in the Bridging the Gaps (BTG) Program, a seven-week summer interdisciplinary program that combines the provision of health-related services for underserved populations with the training of student interns in the health and social services fields.

Medical students, dental students, nursing students, social work students, and veterinary students work together in community positions and continuing education throughout the summer.  The issues surrounding animal surrender are multifactorial and clearly involve human concerns. 

Penn Vet students and faculty provide consultative services, educational programs, and/or surgical and medical care for animals in these facilities.

Additional Partnerships

Additional partners include generous friends of Penn Vet, such as Richard Lichter, as well as our very own Penn Vet students. Read more about these partners:

Additional Partners
Richard Lichter Charity for Dogs  

A generous gift from the Richard Lichter Charity for Dogs is helping to save the lives of shelter dogs in need of specialized medical care. Through the Shelter Dog Specialty Medical Treatment Project, experts at Penn Vet will provide life-saving, specialty care to dogs in partnering shelters that are at risk. The dogs will be selected through the Penn Vet Shelter Animal Medicine Program and treated at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital.

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Penn Vet Shelter Medicine Club

Comprised of our own students, this student-run club has done much to enhance relationships with community organizations.