Research: Improving Animal & Human Health

Focus: Penn Vet Working Dog Center

Satchmo, Working Dog

Through the commitment of hundreds of generous donor and community partners, the Penn Vet Working Dog Center opened as a research, education, and training center on September 11, 2012.

Since then, we've trained some 60 dogs, nearly 40 of which have graduated and are working in law enforcement, search and rescue, and medical detection.

We've been this successful thanks to the incredible people who support this mission, including close to 70 foster families, 65 college interns, nearly 50 Drexel Co-ops, high school interns, veterinary interns, veterinarians and vet techs, and an astounding 88,000 hours of volunteer work.

Now more than ever, the Penn Vet Working Dog Center needs support with its growing initiatives, including the creation of a National Breeding Cooperative with the TSA, and work with Homeland Security to help support the need for detection dogs across our nation. We've also recently developed Performance Medicine, a clinical center to provide transitional rehabilitation and fitness conditioning for working and performance dogs.

  • Dr. Cindy Otto at Ground Zero
    Penn Vets Share Stories of Working Dogs at Ground Zero After 9/11

    The Sept. 11, 2001, attacks didn't just take the lives of nearly 3,000 people, they also irreversibly affected the lives of tens of thousands more, including survivors, victims' families, first responders, and recovery workers. Their stories are being recorded and preserved by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City–and now those oral histories include the perspective of veterinarians who cared for the search and rescue dogs who responded at Ground Zero.

Dr. Nicola Mason with Denali, a dog enrolled in Dr. Mason's osteosarcoma study.Penn Vet is a wonderfully vibrant and collaborative place, where scientists perform basic, translational, and clinical research in the hopes of preventing and eradicating disease in animals and humans.

Our faculty are leaders in cancer, neuroscience, infectious disease, stem cell research, and more, working with collaborators at Penn’s Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, and Engineering, as well as national and international institutions.

New discoveries in these and other areas have the potential to improve both animal and human medicine, from new ways to diagnose disease to novel treatment options, and are often made possible with support from people like you.

Giving opportunities offer the flexibility to support an area of research that is most meaningful to you.

Giving Opportunities

  • Laminitis Research Fund

  • Penn Vet Working Dog Center Fund

  • Shelter Medicine Fund

Naming Opportunities

For more information about naming opportunities at Penn Vet, please contact:

Carol Pooser, Assistant Dean of Advancement

Support Research

Interested in learning about how you can support Penn Vet research initiatives?


Carol Pooser,
Assistant Dean, Advancement