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New Museums Page

New Veterinary Heritage magazine Page

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.

37th AVMHS Annual Meeting: July 28, 2014 Denver, CO

There will be a series of speakers addressing the History of Veterinary Medical Education in the United States. The meeting agenda and hotel room location is available.

Smithcors Student Veterinary History Essay Contest

Winners Announced!

Check the Contest Page for more information.

Veterinary Heritage Magazine

New Page for the Bulletin of the AVMHS.

New: Oral Histories of Veterinary Medicine

Recalling the Past Practice of Veterinary Medicine for the Future! 

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.