New Education Building For Penn

The University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine, which is widely respected for its New Bolton Center research hospital for large animals, soon will be equipped even better. The school will receive a grant of $18 million from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge toward a new Teaching and Research building in Philadelphia. The matching grant requires the school to raise at least an equal amount within five years. Plans call for a $43-million building.

"We are recognized as one of the finest veterinary schools in the world, and our commitment will allow Penn to build a state-of-the-art teaching and research complex to better serve the state's agricultural needs," Ridge said during a ceremony held on Aug. 9.

The building will be 100,000 square feet and will provide modern teaching, learning, and research space, replacing the antiquated facilities currently in use on the main campus in Philadelphia.

"Governor Ridge recognizes the important role Penn's School of Veterinary Medicine and its graduates play in maintaining the health, welfare, and success of the Commonwealth's livestock, poultry, and equine industries," said Alan Kelly, BVS, MRCVs, Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine at Penn.

Main areas of investigation in the new building will be infectious diseases, genetics, and oncology. Open plan laboratory modules will enhance interdisciplinary research programs, which will put research and clinical scientists side-by-side for projects.

"We now have a lot of work to do to raise the balance (of funding) so this building can become a reality quickly," Kelly said. For more information on the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine visit edu, or call the SVM Development Office at 215/898-1480

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Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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