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New Awards Program at Penn Veterinary Medicine
May 8, 2007, Volume 53, No. 33

The School of Veterinary Medicine announced a new awards program on April 23 designed to recognize innovation, creativity and leadership in the veterinary profession. “I am delighted to announce the Penn Vet World Awards, a unique recognition for both members of the veterinary profession and students,” said Dr. Joan C. Hendricks, the Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Veterinary Medicine. “These awards will encourage and reward visionary thinking and life-changing accomplishment in our profession while emphasizing the importance of veterinary medicine to society. Nothing like it currently exists in the world, and we are honored to be the first school of veterinary medicine to make such an enduring statement in support of our profession and our students.” The program offers two awards:

•  The World Leadership in Animal Health Award will be presented to a veterinarian who has dramatically changed the practice and image of the profession and substantially influenced the lives and careers of others.

•  The Penn Vet Student Inspiration Awards will be presented to two currently enrolled Penn Vet students who demonstrate the potential to significantly advance the frontiers of veterinary medicine. Penn Vet graduates earn the unique and prestigious Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris (VMD) degree, which recognizes the School’s roots in Penn’s School of Medicine.

Each of the awards provides $100,000 in unrestricted funding to the recipient, who will be selected by an awards committee chaired by Dr. Alan M. Kelly, dean emeritus of the Penn Vet.

The awards program has been established with a major gift from the Hill Family Foundation. “My wife and I are excited to underwrite these prestigious awards, which will have a lasting and far-reaching impact,” said Vernon Hill. “The Penn Vet World Awards will help transform veterinary medicine by promoting the same visionary thinking Commerce Bank has championed to reinvent the delivery of financial services and legendary customer service.”

Vernon W. Hill II, W ’67, is the founder and chairman of Commerce Bancorp, Inc. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, NJ, Commerce Bank has assets exceeding $47 billion. Shirley Hill is the founder and president of InterArch, an architecture and design firm in Mt. Laurel, NJ.

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Detailed instructions for nominations and applications will be available online at www.vet.upenn.edu/worldaward/awards.html. The Penn Vet Student Inspiration Awards application materials will be available online by June 2007 and the World Leadership in Animal Health Award will be available online by September 2007.


Almanac - May 8, 2007, Volume 53, No. 33