John Rossi, VMD, M. Bioethics
HSVMA Pennsylvania State Co-Representative

Dr. John Rossi holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine and a master’s degree in bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently an assistant professor at the Drexel
University School of Public Health in Philadelphia, where he teaches and writes about issues relating to animal ethics, research ethics, and the history and ethics of public health.

Prior to assuming his current position, Dr. Rossi completed postdoctoral fellowships at Drexel University and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as well as spending numerous years in veterinary clinical practice.

Dr. Rossi’s interest in animal ethics is wide-ranging, and includes the moral standing of animals, the ethics of animal agriculture and animal research, issues relating to the conceptualization and scientific assessment of animal welfare, the ethics of selective breeding, and veterinary medical ethics.

He has authored numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed articles, with his work appearing in The Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, The Journal of Medical Ethics, The Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, Public Health Ethics, The Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics, The Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics, Accountability in Research, and other venues.


Nikhil Joshi, VMD
HSVMA Pennsylvania State Co-Representative

Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman

Dr. Nikhil Joshi is a small animal emergency veterinarian and lifelong advocate for animal welfare.  Dr. Joshi earned both a VMD and a certificate in veterinary public health from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015.  During his time at Penn Vet, he volunteered with animal shelters and welfare groups in the city of Philadelphia, and spent time in underserved southwestern tribal communities providing free surgical and primary care services. He also helped found a company dedicated to pharmaceutical research protocols without the use of laboratory animals.

After veterinary school Dr. Joshi completed a yearlong internship in small animal medicine and hospital management at the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey.  While there, he also spent several weeks working with the Monmouth County SPCA and humane law enforcement. 

Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Joshi was a consultant with a global professional services firm, working with clients in the federal government, non-profit sector, and healthcare industry.