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2016 Smithcors Essay Contest Winners

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.

Past Winners

Click here for a list of past contest winners.

A list of past winners by topic.

Essay Promotion Materials

Essay 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 submission guidelines(PDF). 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 this date).

 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 the subject.