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Penn Vet History Resources: Penn Vet History Resources

Resources for Penn Vet History Committee


Early Penn Vets in bowler hats

University Archives Collections

Timeline Penn Vet History (125th Year -2009)

Archived Penn Vet Websites

The Wayback Machine has cached Penn Vet websites over 700 times since 1997. These sites provide a glimpse of services, structure and staff from those years.

University of Pennsylvania News Resources


Bellwether is the news magazine publication of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine distributed to alumni and friends of the school. The magazine was first published in October 1981 and includes stories about clinical and research innovations at the school, as well as faculty, staff, and alumni updates. Issues have been digitally archived from 1996 to the present, available through Scholarly Commons.  

Veterinary Extension Quarterly

The School of Veterinary Medicine published the Veterinary Extension Quarterly from 1921-1959 with the purpose of providing aricles of practical interest for animal owners and veterinarians. Articles were by Vet faculty and others and it also included papers presented at the Annual Conference of Veterinarians.

Issues 1-44 (1921-1931) available via Hathi Trust .



   The yearbook of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine was published as The Veterinary Record (1906-1910), The Class Record (1911-1913) , and The Scalpel since 1911. A book of photographs of the School and University were published in lieu of a yearbook in 1921.


No issues were published for the years 1922-1927, 1929-1933, 2013 or after 2015.

The 1940 issue is included in (database also available through many public libraries).

Pictures of veterinary students are included in the general University of Pennsylvania yearbook The Record in the years 1925-1927:



Images from Scalpel

School of Veterinary Medicine Bulletin

The University of Pennsylvania Bulletin for the School of Veterinary Medicine contains information for prospective and current students including admission requirements, course descriptions, financial obligations, and faculty lists.