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Penn Vet’s 125th Anniversary
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February 10, 2009, Volume 55, No. 21

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. The School recently launched its 125th anniversary website: http://125th.vet.upenn.edu/ to celebrate past accomplishments and build on the promise of the future as it launches its capital campaign.

“From our earliest years, Penn Vet has shaped and advanced the education and practice of the profession,” said Dr. Joan C. Hendricks, the Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Veterinary Medicine. “The school was established when the US economy was still largely agricultural, and its founders believed the new veterinary school would serve agriculture best by developing as a science-based branch of medicine because of the fundamental similarities between disease processes in humans and animals. This is the foundation of our motto—Many Species, One Medicine.”

The special website includes faculty and alumni profiles, archival photos and a “Kids of All Ages” section that features a build-the-dinosaur game as well as e-cards. 

The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1884, is one of the world’s premier veterinary schools. The birthplace of veterinary specialties, the School serves a distinctly diverse array of animal patients at the two campuses, from pets to horses to farm animals.

In Philadelphia, on campus, are the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital for companion animals, as well as classrooms, laboratories and the School’s administrative offices.

The large-animal facility, New Bolton Center, in Kennett Square, PA, encompasses hospital facilities for the care of horses and food animals as well as diagnostic laboratories serving the agriculture industry. The School has successfully integrated scholarship and scientific discovery with all aspects of veterinary medical education. For more information about the Shelter Animal Medicine Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, visit their website at www.vet.upenn.edu.

See the centerspread of this issue for a glimpse of some of the Penn Vet’s important milestones over the past 125 years.

Related: Penn Vet’s 125th Anniversary: School Highlights through the Years

Almanac - February 10, 2009, Volume 55, No. 21