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American Veterinary Medical History Society 2007 Annual Meeting

Washington, D.C.
July 16, 2007

Meeting Minutes

Original Invitation & Program

You're Invited...

June 20, 2007

Dear AVMHS Colleagues,

Our annual meeting is coming up on Monday, July 16, 2007, in Washington, D.C., in Montreal 1 & 2 at the Marriott at Metro Center. In addition to the agenda [see below], I want to give you some further information about lunch and travel arrangements to Bethesda. Maps and printed directions will be handed out in the morning and advance copies will be available in our booth in the AVMA Exhibit Hall.


After the presented papers session is completed around noon, there will be time for a brief rest break before traveling as a group by Red Line Metro train north to Bethesda, Maryland ( The Metro Center station is located just outside the Marriott at Metro Center hotel entrance. The straight-shot 8.1 mile train trip is estimated to take about 20 minutes (or 30 minutes door-to-door). Michael North and Phil Teigen will be our travel escorts. The cost is about $2.45 per person one-way. Getting your fare card in advance will save us all time and avoid line-ups in the busy station. They are available from dispensing machines at Metro stations. If anyone forgets it or does not have one, we will obtain some fare cards that morning prior to leaving.

If anyone cannot or prefers not to take the railway, taxis are available at $19.50 one-way plus $1.50 per person for the trip. Personal cars are not recommended owing to D.C. traffic and NIH visitor parking and security limitations.


The Medical Center Metro Station (Montgomery County) exits directly onto the National Institutes of Health campus. We must go through a visitor security check and have any bags x-rayed at the Gateway Center before entering the campus. Please bring a government issued photo ID and don't carry any unnecessary luggage, backpacks, or totes. More information for NIH visitors can be found at and for NLM at Michael, Phil or other NLM staff will be available at the Medical Center Metro Station to help guide us into the Gateway Center, through security, and over to lunch.


From the NIH Gateway Center security point, it is a short walk to the Natcher Conference Center (building #45, ) where lunch will be available in the Eurest Dining Center. The cafeteria has a variety of food, including a salad bar, pizza, hot entrees, soups, juice, soda, coffee, etc. The cost is reasonably priced at about $5-8 per lunch.


Following lunch, we will walk directly across the street from the Natcher Center to the National Library of Medicine where Michael North will give us an insider's view of rare books and manuscripts related to horses in their collection.

I hope you are as excited about the program and once-in-a-lifetime tour of NLM's History of Medicine and rare books division as I am. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at or the Secretary-Treasurer, Susanne Whitaker, at any time.


Zbigniew Wojcinski
Program Chair/President-Elect

30th Annual Meeting Program
Monday, July 16, 2007
Marriott at Metro Center
Montreal 1 & 2

7:30 am Arrival
8:00 Welcome – Col. Gary Vroegindewey, President, AVMHS

AVMHS Business Meeting, Col. Gary Vroegindewey presiding. Order of Business (See Article 9, Paragraph 2 of AVMHS Bylaws)



10:00 Dr. Russell W. Currier: “Scabies: Human/Animal Relationships”
10:30 Dr. Raffaele Roncalli: "A History of Animal Health at Merck, 1900 - 2006"

Dr. Philip Teigen: “The Bureau of Animal Industry and Its Role in Developing the Veterinary Profession”


Dr. Fred Born: “The History of the Horse Doctor”

Noon Brief break, travel to the National Library of Medicine
1:30 pm

Equine Anatomy Rare Book Exhibit and Presentation at National Library of Medicine followed by a Guided Tour of History of Medicine Section by Michael North, Head of Rare Books & Early Manuscripts.

4:00 Adjourn and return to District of Columbia

2007 AVMA Exhibit Hall Booth
This year, the Society's booth will include a poster produced by the National Library of Medicine titled, “The Horse, a Mirror of Man: Parallels in Early Human and Horse Medicine” that is based on a mini-exhibit prepared by Michael North last spring. It highlights representative volumes on equine anatomy from 1500 to 1704, many of which may be seen during our tour. If you can find the time to help staff the booth, your participation is welcome and needed.

2006 - 2007 Officers and Committees



Col. Gary Vroegindewey, DVM
6395 Lakeview Drive
Falls Church , VA 22041-1328
Ph: 703-231-4157 (cell)

President – Elect/Program Chair

Dr. Zbigniew W. Wojcinski
4782 Northgate Drive
Ann Arbor , MI 48103
Ph: 734-424-9601 (home)
Ph: 734-622-2312 (office)
Fax: 734-424-9703

Past President

Prof. David J. Williams
School of Veterinary Medicine
Purdue University
G226 Lynn Hall
West Lafayette , IN 47907-1245
Ph: 765-494-1156 (Office)
Fax: 765-494-6197

Secretary – Treasurer

Susanne K. Whitaker (2-year term through 2008)
23 Wedgewood Drive
Ithaca , NY 14850-1064
Ph: 607-253-3499 (Day - Office)
Ph: 607-257-9248 (Evening – Home)
Fax: 607-253-3080

Board Members:

Dr. Howard H. Erickson (2-year term through 2008)
1700 King's Road
Manhattan , KS 66503
Ph: 785-532-4541
Fax: 785-532-4557

Dr. Debbie Tacium Ladry (2-year term through 2007)
1431 rang Centre
Beaulac-Garthby GOY 1BO
Quebec , Canada
Ph: 418-458-1145

R. Gary Roop, DVM (2-year term through 2008)
3800A Sams Creek Road
New Windsor , MD 21776-9422
Ph: 410-635-6658
Email :

Dr. Linda K. Schlater (finish 2-year term of Z. Wojcinski through 2007)
750 X Avenue
Ames , IA 50014-2651
Ph: 515-663-7599 (work)
Email: or

Web Master

C. Trenton Boyd
Veterinary Medical Library 
218 Veterinary Medicine
University of Missouri
Columbia , MO 65211-5120
Ph: 573-882-2461 (Office)
Fax: 573-882-2950


Student Connections Panel

Dr. Phyllis Hickney Larsen, Acting Chair
1675 Ellis Hollow Road
Ithaca , NY 14850
Ph: 607-539-6181 (Home & Fax)

Essay Contest Committee Liaison:
Dr. Diana K. Davis

International Liaison:
Prof. Susan D. Jones

Other members:
Tya Harris ( Tuskegee , class of 2007)
Dr. Howard H. Erickson ( Kansas State )

Finance Committee

Susanne Whitaker, Acting Chair
23 Wedgewood Drive
Ithaca , NY 14850-1064
Ph: 607-253-3499 (Day - Office)
Ph: 607-257-9248 (Evening – Home)
Fax: 607-253-3080

Dr. Charles (Mac) Larsen
Prof. David J. Williams
Susanne Whitaker, Secretary/Treasurer, ex-officio

Nominating Committee

(To be appointed by January 2007)

SMITHCORS Essay Contest

Dr. Diana K. Davis, Chair & Liaison to Student Panel
Department of Geography
1 University Station A3100
University of Texas at Austin
Austin , TX 78712
Ph: 512-232-1579
Fax: 512-471-5049


Dr. Wolfgang Jochle
Dr. Debbie T. Ladry
Dr. Raffaele A. Roncalli

Veterinary Heritage Publication Committee

Prof. David J. Williams, Editor and Managing Editor
School of Vet Medicine
Purdue University
G226 Lynn Hall
West Lafayette , IN 47907-1245
Ph. 765-494-1156 (Office)
Fax: 765-494-6197

Dr. Phyllis Hickney Larsen, News & Comment Reporter
Dr. PhilipTeigen
Prof. Susan Jones


Liaison to American Museum of Veterinary Medicine (term through 20___)

Dr. Phyllis Hickney Larsen
1675 Ellis Hollow Road
Ithaca , NY 14850
Ph: 607-539-6181 (Home & Fax)

Representative to the Liaison Committee of the World Association for the History of Veterinary Medicine (WAHVM)
(term through 2010)

Prof. Susan D. Jones
EEB Department
100 Ecology Building
University of Minnesota
1987 Upper Buford Circle
St. Paul , MN 55108
Ph: 612-624-9636
Fax: 612-624-6777

Special Projects:

Museum Project

Mr. Trenton Boyd
Dr. Harold Davis
Dr. Robert C. McClure

AVMA Exhibit Booth

(To be appointed by January 2007)