Penn Vet World Awards Ceremony Provides $300,000 in Unrestricted Funding

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | | 215-573-6604April 21, 2008


Presentation of the First Penn Vet World Award and Penn Vet Student Inspiration Awards


Irvine Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania
3401 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA


6:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Reception immediately following


Dr. Bernard Vallat, director general of the World Organization for Animal Health, has been selected as the first recipient of the Penn Vet World Award. The award is given annually to a veterinarian who has dramatically changed the practice and image of the profession and substantially influenced the lives and careers of others, and provides $100,000 in unrestricted funding to the recipient.

In addition to the Penn Vet World Award, Rachel Toaff-Rosenstein and Warren Waybright, both third-year students at the School of Veterinary Medicine, have been selected as the first winners of the Penn Vet Student Inspiration Award. They will each receive $100,000 in unrestricted funding in recognition of their plans to significantly advance the frontiers of veterinary medicine. Toaff-Rosenstein, of Bala Cynwyd, PA., plans to use her award to pursue post graduate studies in animal welfare. Waybright, of Gettysburg, PA., will use his award to develop a veterinary outreach program to Bolivia and other South American countries.