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Penn Vet Leads

Established in 1884, Penn Vet is the only veterinary school developed in association with a medical school. As part of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Vet is a key partner in one of the world's great biomedical research and teaching centers. Many of our faculty are dually-appointed, collaborating with other research teams at Penn as well as throughout the world. Penn Vet research impacts human lives, as well as those of animals.

Learn how Penn Vet LEADS:

  • Collaboration: Our expert clinicians and researchers collaborate with the best minds across the University and around the world to advance medical and scientific research.
  • History of firsts: Our history of firsts translates to unparalleled expertise.
  • Global impact: Our research and training make a broad and deep global impact.


Collaboration

  • Penn Vet leads the profession in NIH-supported research
  • Dr. Charles Vite CGS’99, GR03 collaborates with the Mayo Clinic to predict and control seizures in dogs and people
  • Dr. Tracy Bale’s research on the effects of in utero stress translates to humans
  • Dr. Chris Hunter and Penn Physics team discover T-cells move in predatory patterns like sharks
  • Dr. Karin Sorenmo and her colleagues care for shelter dogs with mammary tumors, matching them with owners and collecting data to advance treatment of human breast cancers
  • Our Imaging Core is used by researchers across the University
  • Dr. Chris Hunter and Penn Med identify a molecule that halts inflammation in the immune system
  • Dr. Kurt Hankenson and Penn Vet researchers discover a protein that can help both human and animal patients heal from bone fractures faster
  • Dr. David Holt and Penn Med create new cancer imaging system for use during surgery

History of Firsts

  • Dr. Ralph Brinster, V’60, became the first and only veterinarian to receive the National Medal of Science in 2011
  • Our New Bolton Center pioneered the first equine pool recovery system
  • We opened the first state-of-the-art Buerger Family Minimally Invasive Surgery Suite
  • The first NICU built for the care of critically ill large animals opened at the New Bolton Center
  • Penn Vet was the first to develop a method for detecting anabolic steroids in plasma, allowing the PA Racing Commission to enforce the ban on steroids in racehorses using blood instead of urine
  • Our Sports Medicine program – the first to be accredited in the US – caters to the equine athlete just as sports medicine specialists treat human athletes
  • Dr. Shelley Rankin developed the first quick test for salmonella, which has been adopted by the FDA, better ensuring egg safety for consumers
  • The first-of-its-kind Moran Critical Care Center represents the highest standard of care and biosecurity for large animals
  • Our semi-feral pony herd is the first and only of its kind established for equine research
  • New Bolton Center is the birthplace of the “glue-on shoe” offering solutions to equine foot problems and lamenesses that have challenged horse owners for years

Global Impact

  • Penn Vet’s Student Inspiration Award winners have led projects across the world, including Thailand, India, and Haiti
  • New Bolton Center’s CPM Dairy software is being implemented around the world
  • We are breeding our very own bomb detection and search and rescue dogs at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center
  • Dr. Phil Scott was awarded an International Collaborations in Infectious Disease Research grant to understand the pathogenesis of leishmaniasis, causing a major public health problem in Brazil
  • Dr. Gus Aguirre, V’68, received the International Canine Health Award for his canine gene therapy research
  • Dean Joan Hendricks, V'79, and Dr. Narayan Avadhani traveled to India to learn about the BAIF Development Research Foundation’s livestock programs
  • Our Swine Teaching and Research Unit has been a leader in studying alternative models for the housing of mother sows, influencing producers across the world
  • Penn Vet preserves and protects the safety of the food supply and the health of the public as part of PADLS

Penn Vet LEADS

How?

  • Collaboration
  • History of Firsts
  • Global Impact