Penn Vet World Awards Ceremony Provides $300,000 in Unrestricted Funding

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 21, 2008

What:

Presentation of the First Penn Vet World Award and Penn Vet Student Inspiration Awards

Where:

Irvine Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania
3401 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA

When:

6:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Reception immediately following

Who:

Dr. Bernard Vallat, director general of the World Organization for Animal Health, has been selected as the first recipient of the Penn Vet World Award. The award is given annually to a veterinarian who has dramatically changed the practice and image of the profession and substantially influenced the lives and careers of others, and provides $100,000 in unrestricted funding to the recipient.

In addition to the Penn Vet World Award, Rachel Toaff-Rosenstein and Warren Waybright, both third-year students at the School of Veterinary Medicine, have been selected as the first winners of the Penn Vet Student Inspiration Award. They will each receive $100,000 in unrestricted funding in recognition of their plans to significantly advance the frontiers of veterinary medicine. Toaff-Rosenstein, of Bala Cynwyd, PA., plans to use her award to pursue post graduate studies in animal welfare. Waybright, of Gettysburg, PA., will use his award to develop a veterinary outreach program to Bolivia and other South American countries.

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