Dr. Joan C. Hendricks was appointed dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, ending an international search. Dr. Hendricks, who will assume the position Jan. 1, succeeds Dr. Alan M. Kelly.
A faculty member at Penn for more than 20 years, Dr. Hendricks serves as the Henry and Corrine R. Bower Professor of Small Animal Medicine and as the section chief of critical care in the Department of Clinical Studies. She is the founding director of the Veterinary Clinical Research Center and a professor in the Department of Medicine at Penn's School of Medicine. She earned her VMD degree from Penn in 1979.
At the school's veterinary hospital, Dr. Hendricks was instrumental in establishing a Center for Critical Care, which joined the emergency, intensive care, and anesthesia services into one unit.
While at the Department of Clinical Studies, Dr. Hendricks improved the school's clinical research capabilities by recruiting highly regarded clinician educators and establishing a partnership with Pfizer Animal Health to support clinical trials.
Her research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals, including JAVMA and the Journal of Applied Physiology.
During her recent sabbatical year, Dr. Hendrix conducted research at Penn on how microbiology could be applied to neuroscience, specifically to the field of sleep and sleep disorders.