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Going to vet school and animal care

Written by Megan Lello, witf Reporter and Producer | Jun 4, 2012 3:20 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Tuesday, June 5:

These days, going to veterinary school is about more than learning to care for pets, though it’s always important to make sure man’s best friend stays healthy. Students learn about disease prevention in animals, how to conduct research among large and small animal populations, and the psychology behind human and animal relationships. They also have the opportunity to work on clinical trial studies to help improve animal health and welfare overall.

The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine is not only one of the most prestigious vet schools in the country, it’s also the only one in the commonwealth. Two-thirds of the vets in Pennsylvania attended school there. It has two campuses: one in Philadelphia, and another at a farm in Chester County, where students work with horses and other large animals.

On Tuesday's Radio Smart Talk, we’ll hear from Dr. Joan Hendricks, the Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Veterinary Medicine at Penn Vet, about the rigorous training vets have to go through to become certified and what’s on the horizon for animal research. When she was appointed dean six years ago, Dr. Hendricks became only the third female dean for a vet school in the country. Her writings have been published in several peer-reviewed journals, and she’s known for her research of sleep and sleep disorders in animals.

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