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Joan C. Hendricks, VMD, PhD became the 12th dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (PennVet) on January 1, 2006 making her the third female dean of a veterinary school in the United States. In the role of Dean, Dr. Hendricks is responsible for all faculty affairs, administration, and strategic planning for the School spanning both the Philadelphia and Kennett Square campuses. In addition, she oversees academic affairs and curriculum as well as the School’s two teaching hospitals—the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital for small animals in Philadelphia and the George D. Widener Hospital for large animals in Kennett Square on the New Bolton Center campus.