Penn Vet Strategic Plan

Driving the Future of Research, Education, and Service

Always One Health, All Ways

–– From Dr. Joan C. Hendricks, V'79, GR'80, The Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Veterinary Medicine

Dean Hendricks and studentsThank you for your interest in Penn Vet’s Strategic Plan, which spans from 2015 to 2020. I’d argue, however, that the plan actually got its start more than two centuries ago—on November 2, 1807, when Dr. Benjamin Rush delivered a visionary speech before a medical school class at the University of Pennsylvania.

That speech, entitled “On the Duty and Advantages of Studying the Diseases of Domestic Animals, and the Remedies Proper to Remove Them,” ultimately inspired the creation of Penn Vet, the first veterinary school born from a medical school.

Furthermore, Dr. Rush presaged a fundamental concept in modern veterinary medicine: the connection among people, animals, and the environment. Known as One Health, this crucial connection is at the core of our mission today.

  • Read the entire Dean's Message in the strategic plan below...

Our Vision

We discover and disseminate knowledge to improve health.

Our Mission

Penn Vet’s mission is to lead the advancement of health and science for the betterment of animals, humans, and their environment.

Our Values

  • Excellence
  • Innovation
  • Discovery
  • Accountability
  • Compassion

Our Cornerstones


  • Pioneering innovation to advance Penn Vet and the veterinary profession
  • Goal: Lead the nation in innovations that advance the profession and result in breakthrough research, education, and service


  • Securing the School's position as a leader that makes a sustainable and highly visible impact on One Health, globally
  • Goal: Cultivate a collaborative environment that facilitates, integrates, and routinely communicates Penn Vet's groundbreaking basic and translational research discoveries, visionary education, and compassionate service


  • Recruiting and retaining the brightest minds and biggest hearts to learn and work at Penn Vet and enabling them to thrive
  • Goal: Create a working and learning environment that supports excellence, encourages collaboration and communication, offers transparency, and welcomes multiple voices

The Penn Vet Strategic Plan

We are pleased to present the Penn Vet Strategic Plan. You may read it in its clickable view format or download the Penn Vet Strategic Plan (PDF).