‹ Back to all speakers

Alan Kelly received his veterinary medical education at Bristol University in England and, having been awarded a National Cancer Institute Fellowship, came to the University of Pennsylvania to pursue a PhD. In 1968 he joined the faculty in the Department of Pathobiology at Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine where he taught pathology and conducted NIH-funded research on neuro-muscular development and on the pathogenesis of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. In 1994, Dr. Kelly became Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine and served in this office for the ensuing twelve years, retiring in December 2005. During his deanship the School’s appropriation from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania increased from $12 million to $38 million. In 2000, he led a campaign that raised $127 million from private and public sources for construction of the Hill Pavilion, a new teaching and research building at the School. After retiring from the Dean’s office, Dr. Kelly joined the Center for Animal Health and Productivity at the School’s New Bolton Center campus. In 2007, he raised funds to organize an international symposium at Penn entitled Veterinary Public Health in a Global Economy. The goal of the conference was to introduce veterinary students to careers in global health, specifically in global food security. The proceedings of the Conference were published by Penn Press in 2008. Drs. Smith and Kelly are Co-Editors. In 2011, Dr. Kelly co-developed the course Veterinary Medicine and Global Food Security. The course covers broad topics of food security and included lectures from faculty in seven other schools at Penn. In 2012, this course was repeated as a four-credit undergraduate course for the Ben Franklin Scholars program.