According to Joan Hendricks, dean of Penn's School of Veterinary Medicine, people go into veterinary medicine for a couple reasons. They love animals, probably first and foremost. They also have a fascination with science and desire to understand how things work—whether it's canine vision, equine orthopedics, or cell and molecular biology.
These medical professionals, Hendricks says, have the potential to change the world—perhaps because veterinarians are trained to innately understand how animal and human health is linked together, as well as to the world around them.
Video by Rebecca Abboud & Chip Murphy, Office of University Communications