Joan Hendricks, VMD, PhD

The Gilbert S. Kahn Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

About Joan:

Dr. Joan C. Hendricks became the 12th dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. She was one of the first women to become dean of a veterinary school in the United States. Dr. Hendricks has served on the faculty of the School for more than 30 years. In 2001, she became the first woman to hold an endowed professorship at Penn Vet, when she was named the Henry and Corinne R. Bower Professor of Small Animal Medicine. She is founding director of the Veterinary Clinical Investigation Center (VCIC) and holds a secondary appointment as professor in the Department of Medicine at Penn’s School of Medicine.

Dr. Hendricks’ work on veterinary critical care and on the biology of sleep has been widely published in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Nature Neuroscience.  She is frequently invited to lecture at major conferences around the world. She earned her VMD and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, and has a BS in biology and psychology from Yale University.


Executive Education Programs Taught:

Penn Executive Veterinary Leadership Program: Making an Impact as a Global Health Leader

Academic Director

This program is designed for veterinarians who seek to contribute at a high level to the maintenance and promotion of global public health for animals and humans. This program helps veterinarians refine their leadership skills and get involved in the most pressing global issues: zoonotic diseases, food security, disaster preparedness, poverty, and others.