Knowledge gained from studying animals is vital for understanding human disease. Biomedical research is entering an era that requires the application of molecular knowledge to whole animal physiology. There is a worldwide shortage of people who understand the biology of multiple species, and how that information is crucial for approaching biomedical research, and for addressing global public health, biosafety and bioterrorism issues.
The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine provides an outstanding environment for the training of future veterinary scientists in comparative medicine. The School is located in the heart of a large biomedical research campus that perfectly lends itself to combined degree studies.
Students have more than 500 research laboratories to choose from to conduct their doctoral research, and they benefit from two world-class veterinary hospitals for their clinical training. Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital and George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals each handle some of the largest caseloads in the nation for their respective specialties.
The University consists of a vast network of research laboratories and core facilities, and it operates many multidisciplinary research institutes and centers. Access to this active and diverse research campus paves the way to a bright future for students in numerous academic disciplines.