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Veterinarians are often not aware of the historical
significance of their profession. Generally, they and
others do not know or do not realize the significant role
that veterinary medicine has in American history. The
profession has boosted static economies, assured war
victories, provided safe meat and dairy products, helped
build thriving livestock industries and has been
instrumental in the development of human health measures.
Smithcors Student Veterinary History Essay Contest
Contest now in Progress!
Because History has a lot to tell us about
our profession and ourselves.
Write an Essay and win up to $1200 and a trip to the AVMA
convention to present your paper. Check the Contest
Page for more information.
New: Oral Histories of Veterinary Medicine
Recalling the Past Practice of Veterinary Medicine for
We have collected resources that support
collecting oral histories.
HIstory of the the Horse Doctor
Dr. Fred Born has prepared a couple of PowerPoint
presentations on the history of the horse doctor. (Files
current as of 20 Aug 2013)
2011 Historical Commemorative Postcards for Sale
In celebration of the World Veterinary Year in honor of the
founding of the first veterinary college at Lyon, France in
1761 by Claude Bourgelat, AVMHS produced a limited edition
(500) set of six postcards. These were offered for sale in
the AVMA Auxiliary booth at the AVMA meeting in St. Louis in
July 2011. They continue to be available at $5.00 per set
plus S&H. Orders can be sent to: Dr. Fred Born at
(fjborn "at" att "dot"net) or Susanne Whitaker at (skw2 "at"
cornell "dot" edu). A poster
showing the post cards is available through the link.