The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine yesterday announced the creation of a $100,000 excellence award - said to be the largest unrestricted award in veterinary medicine - for practicing veterinarians in any country.
Joan C. Hendricks, Penn's Gilbert S. Kahn dean of veterinary medicine, said in a statement that the award would "encourage and reward ambitious thinking and life-changing accomplishment."
The school also is launching two similar awards - each also $100,000 in unrestricted funding - for promising Penn veterinary students.
The school is inviting nominations and could announce winners in about a year.
The program for the annual awards has been established with a $1 million gift from the Hill Family Foundation.