Who will help?
The AVMHS has developed an extensive Oral
Histories of Veterinary Medicine Program. The AVMHS Guide
to Conducting Veterinary Oral History Interviews contains
all the information you will need to get started. We will
work with you via email providing advice and consultation
and can share many examples of questions, forms, and
transcribed interviews for you to review.
Who do you interview?
You may choose any veterinarian who is a
past associate, former employer, former colleague, senior
veterinarian in your practice, or any older or retired
practitioner who would love to share their experiences.
Talk to them NOW – before it’s too late!
Who will benefit?
First of all, the veterinary profession
itself will benefit as well as enriching future
generations. After performing your first interview, you
will have the feeling you have contributed to the
recording of veterinary history. Veterinarians who have
conducted transcribed interviews have been amazed with the
Ownership and preservation of transcriptions
The ownership of your interview transcripts
will remain with each sponsoring state veterinary
association. Completed interviews are typically deposited
in an archival repository for long-term preservation and
access. In addition, send us information about your
transcripts to be included in the online AVMHS Catalog of
known veterinary oral histories for locating existing
interviews with veterinarians.
Participate and enjoy this most rewarding experience and
Started Flyer (PDF)
Oral Histories in Veterinary Medicine
submission and suggestion forms (Word Doc)
Oral Histories Guide (PDF)
For questions, advice, and further
Dr. Fred J. Born, Chair, Oral Histories of Veterinary
American Veterinary Medical History Society