Penn Vet's Ryan Hospital for companion animals is committed to making a positive contribution to the Philadelphia community. One way community outreach and support is accomplished is by offering a competitive volunteer program for interested, driven, and dedicated individuals.
Volunteers are a valuable asset not only to the community-at-large, but also to our team of veterinarians, students and staff. Each volunteer accepted into this prestigious program gains access to the inside world of academic veterinary medicine. Our volunteers are a valued and respected part of the team.
Make a Difference - Volunteer Today
Penn Vet is one of the nation's most respected veterinary schools. Recently designated as one of the nation's first veterinary trauma centers by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC), Ryan Hospital stands out among its peers with respect to its expertise and level of compassionate care.
Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ryan Hospital specializes in delivering the most advanced care available to an array of companion animals. We treat more than 30,000 patients annually from dogs and cats to lizards and ferrets, offering more than 20 specialty areas.
Requirements for the Ryan Hospital Volunteer Program
- Volunteers are required to be at least 18 years of age and be available to work a minimum of eight (8) hours per week.
- Volunteers accepted into the program must carry their own health insurance.
- Duties may include assisting the medical staff with patient needs as well as stocking, cleaning, delivering and retrieving medications and supplies.
- Please Note: Students whose aim is to apply to professional school, must complete two semesters of service as a Ryan Hospital volunteer before requesting consideration for recommendation letters.
Apply Online to Volunteer at Ryan Hospital
Download an Application (PDF)
If you choose to download the Volunteer application, please fill it out and mail it to:
Ryan Veterinary Hospital
3900 Delancey Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104