Issue: #1February 2013
In This Issue
Penn Annual Conference
Alumni at Willowdale
Leadership Conference
Alumni Authors & Artists
Quick Links


Please join us to celebrate and remember the good times had at Alpha Psi.  Catch up with old friends, meet current students and enjoy appetizers and beverages! 



Wednesday, March 6 from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM

*In conjunction with the
Penn Annual Conference   


Alpha Psi House
4002 Pine Street

Philadlephia, PA 19104

Please let us know that you plan to attend by emailing organizer Stephen Cole at 

How do I let the Veterinary School know that my address or email has changed?


Please send us any updates to your information by contacting Veterinary School alumni director Kristen McMullen at
or call (215)898-1481.



How do I let the Veterinary School know where I am working?


We would love to know your title and where you are working - please send that information to Veterinary School alumni director Kristen McMullen at

or call (215)898-1481. 


How do I let Penn know that my name has changed?

This must be done  

through the Alumni Records Office.  

You may call them at  

(215) 898-8195,  

email them at   




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113th Penn Annual Conference
We hope to see you there 


113th Penn Annual Conference
Spotlight on Surgery


Wednesday, March 6 & Thursday, March 7, 2013 
Full Conference

Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel
201 N. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA


Friday, March 8, 2013 - Wet Labs
Ryan Hospital
39th Street and Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA



Penn Vet  Alumni Tailgate at Willowdale Steeplechase
Mark Your Calendar!
Mark those calendars and ladies get those big hats ready.  The Penn School of Veterinary Medicine is having an alumni tailgate party at the Willowdale Steeplechase on SUNDAY, MAY 12. 
We will be having wonderful food and drink under our tent that will have a view of the track and the paddock.  Activities include an antique car display, Kids' Alley, and upscale shopping.  Jack Russell races at 11:00am, Pony and Junior Horse races at 12pm, and steeplechase races beginning at 1:30pm.  All mothers in attendance will receive something special to celebrate Mother's Day and ladies, there will be a special prize for "best hat" in several categories.

The Willowdale Steeplechase benefits The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine at New Bolton Center, Quest Therapeutic Riding Services, Inc., and The Stroud Water Research Center.


More information will be coming soon on how to reserve your spots for this exciting event so mark those calendars!
Veterinary Leadership Conference
An Invitation

On March 16th and 17th, 2013, please join us for an event that will allow you to put your busy life as a veterinarian aside and take the time to discover your inner leadership potential!  For 10 years, the purpose of the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Experience (VLE) has been to use an interactive curriculum to encourage and promote personal transformation, strengthen ties between students, faculty and veterinarians, and hone veterinarians' intrinsic leadership potential.


Thanks to our sponsorship by Merial and program coordinators at the Veterinary Leadership Institute, we are able to bring that same opportunity to Penn Vet faculty, staff, alumni, and students. The 1st Annual Penn Leadership Experience (PennLE) will help you understand the meaning of emotional intelligence, help you to become an encouraging leader and improve your skills of communication, teamwork and professionalism. PennLE will be run by Betsy Charles, executive director of the Veterinary Leadership Institute-- who runs the industry wide VLE every June, so you can expect the same unique, interactive and educational experience as VLE.


The registration deadline for the event is March 1st, 2013. More specific event and registration information can be found online at: or on our Facebook page: If you have any questions at all, please email us at


March 16 (1pm-7pm) Philadelphia Campus

March 17 (9am-4pm) New Bolton Campus


We hope to see you there!

Stacy Bartholomew (V'15), Zachary Kern (V'14) and the

AVMA VLE Alumni of Penn Vet


Alumni Volunteer Opportunities

This volunteer opportunity is for graduates who are interested in helping to shape the way future veterinarians spay and neuter small animals.  Volunteer veterinarians will come to the Philadelphia animal shelter on a Thursday and/or Friday and supervise students through some of their first spays and neuters on dogs.  A nurse and first-year rotating intern from the University of Pennsylvania will be present to help the volunteer veterinarian supervise the student surgeries and take charge of all administrative and logistical work.  Volunteers will be asked to be present at the Animal Care and Control Team headquarters at 111 West Hunting Park Avenue from 9 am through 3 pm on the days they are scheduled to volunteer.  If interested, please contact Jeffrey Barnet at
Alumni Authors & Artists

Angelee A. Gerovasiliou, V'04 recently released a new Music Album titled  "MISS YOU" independently.  The music is available online through most music distributors including CDBABY.COM and Apple iTunes. More information at 



Throughout her life Catherine "Betsy" Buck V'00 has sustained two passions - animals and art. Recently, she has managed to combine the two, and her skilled sketches, currently on display at the Vineyard Haven More recent works include some remarkable likenesses of birds done in pen and ink, a charming watercolor pencil rendering of a Portuguese water dog and a colorful creek bed scene that Ms. Buck drew from a photograph by her husband.     


Lawrence Gerson, V'75 authored Pet Points: Preparing next generation of dogs that'll come to rescue 



Howard Lentz Todd Addis V'59has authored Our Penn-Marydel Hound: A Historical Anthology with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the MFHA Foundation.   Visit: He has also authored The Addis Carriage Collection and his memoirs titled A Backward Glance. 





Howard Krum V'92 along with three classmates,Drs. Roy Yanong, Scott Moore, and Patty Hogan have written a novel inspired by their experiences as first-year veterinary students.  Dr. Krum noted, "our primary goals for this book, the first in a series, are to elevate the profile of the veterinary life we love while giving back to worthy programs/causes."  The group is donating a portion of the proceeds from each book sold directly to SCAVMA Chapters at Penn, University of Florida CVM, Colorado State CVM and others. The book's website is 



Lisa H. Handy V'84, knows there's no such thing as an "ordinary" day (or night) in her practice. There are no limits to the predicaments a horse can get into, just as there is no predicting the expectations of a horse owner.  But for more than twenty-five years, Dr. Lisa H. Handy has seen the incredible humor in it all - its undeniably funny side.  In the end, she considers it an amazingly rewarding profession, constantly filled with surprises and plenty of horse laughs - all of which are reflected with tongue firmly in cheek throughout her new book, "Just for Kicks." The books' website is 



Award-winning journalist Brian McGrory goes head to beak in a battle royale with another male for a top-spot in his home, vying for dominance with the family's pet rooster.  Brian McGrory's life changed drastically after the death of his beloved dog, Harry: he fell in love with Pam Bendock V'92, Harry's veterinarian. As he learns how to live by living with animals, Buddy, Brian's nemesis, becomes Buddy, Brian's inspiration, in this inherently human story of love, acceptance, and change.  



"Penn Vet Cat Behavior Survey
" has now been launched. Participate today by clicking on the link above.

Tell Us Your Sandy Story:
We know that several of our alumni were impacted by Hurricane/Super Storm Sandy.  We want to hear your stories.  Did you weather the storm at your practice?  Are you in the process of rebuilding your home or office due to storm damage?  Send us your story and photos if you have them to  We wish you the very best through these difficult times.

Where are you working?: 
Did you know that the Penn School of Veterinary Medicine has at least one alumnus in each state and in several other countries?  That they serve in all types of capacities from small animal practitioners and owners to government and educational professionals ... and so much more.  We would love to know where you work and what you are doing.   Share your updates and stories with us by emailing   We may just feature you in the Featured Alumni section of the website or in our next newsletter! 

Alumni Calendar
March 6 & 7          Penn Annual Conference
March 6                Alpha Psi Alumni Reception (6:30pm - 10pm)
March 16 & 17     Penn Veterinary Leadership Experience
March 25              Phi Zeta Student Research Day - Hill Pavilion (12pm-6pm)
May 10 - 12          Alumni Weekend - Reunions for classes ending in "3" or "8"
May 12                  Alumni Tailgate Party at the Willowdale Steeplechase
July 22                  Penn Vet Alumni Reception at the AVMA Convention
Contact:  Alumni Director, Kristen McMullen, or 215-898-1481