J. Fred Smithcors Student
Veterinary History Essay Contest
Because history has a lot to tell us
about our profession and ourselves
1st Prize Alison Smith, ’19, Tufts; The Rise and Fall of “Wonder Drugs”: The Story of Antibiotics in Agriculture
2nd Prize Laura Johnson ’17, North Carolina State University.; The Origin and Legacy of Christian Petersen’s Gentle Doctor
3rd Prize Kelsey madden ’19, Kansas State University; The Guinea Pig: Endearing, Enduring or Both?
4th Prize jessica Zeiger ’19 Purdue; Making the Shoe Fit: A brief review of the history of farriery
2017 Contest Information
Beginning in 1991, an annual essay contest
sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical History
Society was established. This contest aims to
encourage interest in history by encouraging participation
by students enrolled in veterinary medical colleges in the
United States, Canada, and West Indies..
It is named in honor of J. Fred Smithcors,
DVM, PhD for his many contributions to
veterinary history as founder of the American Veterinary
Medical History Society, author of several books on
veterinary history, educator, publisher, and editor.
Winners are selected by a panel of AVMHS
judges and receive cash prizes in honor
of Dr. Elizabeth Atwood Lawrence.
First Prize $1200
Second Prize $1000
Third Prize $800
Fourth Prize $500
In addition, every student that submits an
essay that follows the guidelines will receive a
complimentary one-year membership in the Society that
includes two issues of Veterinary Heritage. The
Society reserves the right to publish meritorious essays
in whole or part in Veterinary Heritage: Bulletin of
the American Veterinary Medical History Society.
More information concerning eligibility,
suitable topics, essay criteria, and other details is
available through the links below.
Click here for a list of past contest
A list of
past winners by topic.
Essay Promotion Materials
Contest Brochure (PDF)
A poster describing the 2017 Essay Contest
is available here (PDF)
Entry Form and Submission Guidelines
updated 14 Mar 2017
Please review and adhere to the
You should also review Dr.
Currier's memo to Student Essayists.
Submit the entry form
along with your essay. (Word Document)
The deadline for the 2017 Essays is 15 April
2017 ( your essays must be received no later than
Send a PDF version of the manuscript
and an entry form by email to:
Russell W. Currier, DVM, MPH
Chair, AVMHS Essay Contest
Please include "Smithcors Essay Entry" in