World Veterinary Association News – April 2013

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The WVA is happy to announce that the WVA Presidents Assembly (PA) 2013 will take place on Thursday 19th September 2013 in Prague, Czech Republic during the World Veterinary Congress 2013. The PA will be followed by the WVA 150 year’s celebration event.

Very important points on the PA agenda are the vote for the new constitution and by-laws as well as a new set of rules for the future World Veterinary Congress.

To read more about the Presidents Assembly, as well as committee activities, download the pdf of the complete WVA announcements.

Fragonard Museum: The Écorchés

Fragonard Museum: The Écorchés – The Anatomical Masterworks of Honoré Fragonard by Christophe Degueurce

Fragonard-EcorchesA desiccated rider mounted atop a galloping horse, wondrous demonstrations of animal anatomy: these impressive spectacles of permanently preserved bodies, some of the original teaching aids from the world’s first veterinary schools founded from 1762 to 1766, challenge our understanding of historical science, Western culture, and the display of the dead, and they are the historical precursor to modern-day plastinated anatomical specimens popularly exhibited worldwide

Author Christophe Degueurce, curator of the Fragonard Museum, evokes the social turmoil and intellectual ferment surrounding Honoré Fragonard and brings to life not only the character of the uncommonly gifted anatomist, but reveals as well his recent discovery of Fragonard’s secrets of the Écorchés’ manufacture.

Nonfiction • hardcover • 8.25 x 10.25″ • 160 pages • 127 color illustrations • $50.00 • ISBN: 0-922233-39-7 • Order from Amazon

American Veterinary Medical Association Sesquicentennial Historical Program

AVMA-150-logoThe American Veterinary Medical Association Annual Convention will be held in Chicago from July 19-23, 2013. There will be interactive displays, a display created by the American Veterinary Medical History Society, and commemorative items available as giveaways and for purchase.

Below is the tentative Historical Program for July 21:

Moderator: Donald F. Smith, Cornell University. 8:00 a.m. Welcome by Douglas G. Aspros, AVMA President-Elect

8:15 a.m. “From Craft to Profession, the Transition from Horse Farrier to Professional Veterinarian” Michael North, National Library of Medicine.

8:45 a.m. “The History of the AVMA: A Slow Shaky Beginning,” Howard H. Erickson, Kansas State University and Fred Born, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

9:15 a.m. “What Veterinarians Did: Proven in Postcards,” C. Trenton Boyd, Head, University of Missouri.

10:00 a.m. “Bo and Earlier Presidential Pets,” Ronnie G. Elmore, Kansas State University.

11:00 a.m. “How did African-Americans, Women and Minorities enter Veterinary Medicine?” Michael Blackwell, University of Tennessee.

12:00 noon – Lunch break

Moderator: Ronnie G. Elmore, Kansas State University 1:30 p.m. “The Majesty and Power of the Veterinarian’s Story through Oral History,” by Donald F. Smith, Cornell University.

2:10 p.m. “C. Barnwell Robinson (1859-1921): District of Columbia Fire-Department Veterinarian,” Philip M. Teigen, Kensington, Maryland.

2:40 p.m. “History of Pasteurization of Milk,” Russ Currier, Clive, Iowa.

3:20 p.m. “The Cedar County Cow War ,”by Kimberly Porter, University of North Dakota.

4:00 p.m.# Panel Discussion: Heritage Veterinary Practices – Luke Hagyard Fallon (Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Lexington, Kentucky, 1876), Carla Case-McCorvey (Case Veterinary Hospital, Savannah, Georgia,1909), Robert Neal Gouge (G & G Veterinary Hospital, Sedalia, Missouri, 1915).

The South African National Veterinary Museum

When the Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute (OVI) commemorated its first centenary in 2008, the History Committee of the SA Veterinary Association (SAVA) decided to renovate and expand a small in-house museum to serve as a national institution open to the public.

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It is now housed in a historic building, which was originally designed as a hostel for unmarried staff when the OVI was founded in 1908. At present the museum consists of 6 rooms made available for this purpose by the institute. The main exhibition in two large rooms illustrates the development of veterinary science through the ages, from the first references to animal diseases in the 5th century B.C. to modern times.

The history of veterinary science in South Africa is dealt with in greater detail, starting with the role of ethno-veterinary medicines used by the ancient Khoi-San inhabitants of the country, followed by the early colonial history and featuring the early veterinarians including HB Wiltshire, WC Branford, Duncan Hutcheon, H Watkins-Pitchford and J Soga, the first South African to qualify as a veterinarian in 1886. This is followed by more recent developments such as the establishment of the OVI in 1908, the Faculty of Veterinary Science of the University of Pretoria in 1920 and the SAVA in 1920.

Two rooms are dedicated to the founder of the OVI, Sir Arnold Theiler. The main exhibition is a reconstruction of his office, featuring his original desk and furniture, including his telephone and notebooks with hand-written experimental data. An ante-room contains a time-line summary of his career and an exhibition of the medals he received from various countries in recognition of his important contributions to science.

Finally, the last two rooms represent a laboratory in Theiler’s time and an early veterinary consulting room.

Three New Books from France

Three New Books from France address the history of veterinary medicine:

Heude-SologneLa Sologne: des moutons, des landes et des hommes, du XVIIIe siècle au Second Empire, par Bernard Heude. Rennes: Presses universitaires, 2012.

Corps de papier, l’anatomie en papier mâché du docteur Auzoux, par Christophe Degueurce. Paris: Editions de la Martinière, 2012.

Beautés intérieures – L’animal à corps ouvert par Christophe Degueurce et Hélène Delalex. Paris: Rmn – Grand Palais, 2012.

French Society for the History of Veterinary Medicine – Bulletin

SocieteFrancais-BourgelatBulletin de la Société française d’histoire de la médecine et des sciences vétérinaires Année 2011, numéro 11

Miguel A. Marquez, “Pascal Eugène Bergeyre Lagrange (1829-1880), l’aventure mexicaine du premier médecin vétérinaire civil et militaire à œuvrer dans ce pays.”

Arnaud Gaschet, “Hongreurs et maréchaux experts, histoire d’une profession méconnue Gelders.”

Bernard Heude, “Pathologie ovine en Sologne : la cachexie aqueuse et la maladie rouge, deux maladies qui ont marqué lesee esprits (XVIII -XIX siècles).”

Hugues Plaideux, “Une enseigne de vétérinaire cherbourgeois peinte par Jean-François Millet en 1841.”

Thierry Borrel, “Achille Urbain (1884-1957), l’éthologie prétexte. Un pastorien au muséum national d’histoire naturelle.”

François Vallat, “L’alimentation témoin de l’humanisation du chien?”

Georges Tacher, “Campagnes de vaccinations bovines au Tchad, souvenirs des années 1960th.”

Danish Association for the History of Veterinary Medicine

The 45th edition of the Society ́s Yearbook for 2012 (293 pages) appeared in January. (It is published every second year).

The Association’s Board will meet in April of 2013 and the annual two-day Veterinary Historical Seminar will take place in May. Members will journey to Lyon, France, in September for 8 days.

Kurt Jensen chairs the Association this year.

AVMHS – Veterinary Heritage

Veterinary Heritage: the Bulletin of the American Veterinary Medical History Society, is published twice each year.

The second issue of 2012, Vol. 35 (2), features the following articles:

“The Covert Arsenal of Biologial Agents throughout History,” Amy Sents.

“Dogs, Consumers, and Canine Veterinarians, 1870-1900,” Philip M. Teigen.

“Reflections on Clinical Practice: An Oral History by a Chinese Veterinarian,” Hung Chang Wang.

“The Humble Beginnings of the Corporate Companion Animal Hospital, Tracey L. Mullins.

American Veterinary Medical Association 150th Anniversary

The American Veterinary Medical Association unveiled its 150th Anniversary historical display in January 2013 in Chicago, prepared jointly with the the American Veterinary Medical Historical Society (AVMS). Fred Born and Howard Erickson, directed the project, assisted by many other AVMS members.  The AVMA has also created an interactive timeline to illustrate its history, and a series of videos, a commemorative book project, and many other activities are highlighting the anniversary.

AVMA-150thAnniversary

Standing four ft. high and eight ft. wide the completed exhibit consists of 43 panels fully illuminated. The exhibit travelled first to the North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando, FL (Jan.19-23), then to the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas, (Feb.17-21), and then to Chicago for the AVMA’s 150th Anniversary Celebration, July 19-23.

The AVMA: 150 Years of Education, Science and Service

AVMA150BookThis 9×11”, full color, 200+ page, hard copy publication includes historical information and photos throughout the past 150 years of the AVMA and the veterinary profession. Available from the AVMA store for US$25 for AVMA members and US$35 for non-members (plus shipping & handling).