41st International Congress London

wahvm reception royal veterinary collegeThe Biennial Congress of the World Association for the History of Veterinary Medicine, hosted by the Veterinary History Society was held at Imperial College London, 10-13 September 2014.

This event, held for the first time in Britain, welcomed speakers from 30 countries to address the twin themes of ‘One Health‘ (connections between human and animal medicine) and ‘War, animals and the veterinary profession.’ There were also sessions on veterinary collections, general veterinary history and oral history.

Key notes were delivered by Professor Donald F. Smith, Professor of Surgery and Dean Emeritus at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine (‘History of One Health’), and Dr Hilda Keane, Ruskin College, Oxford (‘War, Animals and the Veterinary Profession’), who also led a walk on ‘Animal pasts in Hyde Park.’

There was a reception at the Royal Veterinary College, Camden, and a conference dinner at King’s College London.

The congress timetable can be viewed here and there is also a report of the event.

A photo slideshow from the congress can be viewed here through the Veterinary History Society.

You can also download the General Assembly minutes and the Advisory Board minutes from the meeting.

41st WAHVM Congress – Updates

WAHVM-London-Whistlejacket_crop-words-v4The 41st Congress of the World Association for the History of Veterinary Medicine (WAHVM) will be held at Imperial College London, UK from the 10th to 13th September 2014.  All official conference information can be found at http://www.veterinaryhistorylondon.com/

Registration and applications for bursaries are now open *until 18th August 2014*: registration payments cannot be accepted on the day of the conference.

Provisional program and timetable are now available.


WAHVM 2014 – Call for Papers

The call for papers is now available for the 41st International WAHVM Congress, which will be held at Imperial College, London, United Kingdom, 10-13 September 2014. The two conference themes are ‘the history of One Health’, and ‘war, animals and the veterinary profession.’ Papers and posters are invited on these and other topics relating to the history of animal health and veterinary medicine. Please submit an abstract using the form at www.veterinaryhistorylondon.com. The deadline is 31 Jan 2014. Students are particularly encouraged to participate, and bursaries are available for them.

Keynote speakers are:

Professor Donald Frederick Smith, Professor of Surgery and Dean Emeritus, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine: ‘The Three Parts of One Health’

Dr Hilda Kean, Ruskin College, Oxford: ‘Animals in wartime Britain: The Home Front’

The meeting is generously sponsored by: The Wellcome Trust, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Knowledge, Society for the Social History of Medicine, Royal Veterinary College, University of London, Kings College London, University of Surrey School of Veterinary Medicine, The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

More information at www.veterinaryhistorylondon.com

AVMHS Annual Meeting, 2013

This Sunday, the American Veterinary Medical History Society will have its annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois, USA. This is also the 150th Anniversary of the American Veterinary Medical Association. There are several activities of interest to historians, including the James Steele One Health Challenge on revitalizing “One Health” in the North American veterinary profession. I will be posting about the ongoing activities, so check in this weekend!

Stay cool, literally.

Susan Jones, DVM PhD
Professor and Director
Program in the History of Science, Technology, Medicine

Ontario Veterinary College: A Chronology, 1862-2012

During the Ontario Veterinary College Sesquicentennial, June 15, 2012, eight speakers, including veterinarians, laboratory scientists, and historians, focused on the theme, “Cross-Border Connections in Canadian & U. S. Veterinary History.” Along with the program, the following timeline of OVC’s history was presented.


Andrew Smith begins lecturing on veterinary medicine in Toronto.


First class graduated, Robert Robinson, William Elliot, and George Kempchell.


Smith’s lecture notes are published as the first Canadian veterinary medical textbook.


John Gunion Rutherford (OVC ‘1879) named Veterinary Director General of Canada becoming instrumental in creating federal meat inspection laws.


Francis Schofield graduates and goes to Korea as a medical missionary, coming into conflict with Japanese occupiers. From 1921-55, he taught pathology at OVC, becoming renowned for linking a bleeding disease in sheep and cattle to moldy sweet clover. That research led to development of vitamin K inhibitors now used worldwide to control blood- clotting.


Canadian Army Veterinary Corps is established with several OVC students and graduates serving in its ranks during the first World War.


Omega Tau Sigma fraternity established at OVC.


C. D. McGilvray appointed OVC Principal, playing a key role in OVC’s accreditation by the U. S. Bureau of Animal Industry and the American Veterinary Medical Association.


OVC moves from Toronto to Guelph, Ontario.


OVC graduates its first woman, Elizabeth Barrie.


Carpenter. Frank Côté (OVC ’26) begins teaching small-animal

medicine at OVC.


Inter-class hockey (Challenge Cup) formalized with C. D. McGilvray gift.


OVC Student Wives Auxiliary forms.


OVC Alumni Association formed.


Jack Côté (OVC ’51) begins farm service service at OVC.


Donald Barnum and F. H. S. Newbould publish research on the use of antibiotics for treating bovine mastitis.


James Archibald becomes head of the Small Animal Clinic and introduces aseptic conditions for all OVC surgeries.


OVC becomes part of the newly-formed University of Guelph.


OVC Pet Trust Fund is established to support applied clinical research, its first major achievement being the funding of the College’s first cobalt radiation unit.


Patricia Shewen and Bruce Wilkie develop a vaccine for shipping fever, which became the most commercially successful patented veterinary medicine.


Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses opens, providing research into diseases transmissible between animals and humans.


Institute for Comparative Cancer Investigation (ICCI) opens.


Hill’s Pet Nutrition Primary Healthcare Centre Opens.


Sesquicentennial of the Ontario Veterinary College

On Friday June 15, about forty-five people gathered at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) in Guelph, Ontario, for a day-long historical program marking the 150th anniversary of the College’s founding.

Brian Derbyshire organized the day’s events, sponsored jointly by the OVC and the American Veterinary Medical History Society. ” Eight speakers, including veterinarians, laboratory scientists, and historians, focused on the theme, “Cross-Border Connections in Canadian & U. S. Veterinary History.”

Brian Derbyshire introduced the theme; Terry Crowley described 19th-century student life through the eyes of an American student; Dean Percy examined connections in pathology; Lisa Cox assayed bovine tuberculosis in Ontario and neighboring New York state; Elizabeth Stone examined the history of OVC women; John Prescott provided a biography of pathologist Frank Schofield; Phil Teigen examined the lives of two veterinarians trained in Canada who then established careers in Washington, DC; and Ian Barker concluded the day’s program with an account of the past present and future of the C. A. V. Barker Museum of Canadian Veterinary History. Helen and Zbigniew Wojcinski, graduates of OVC and now veterinary scientists in Michigan, ably moderated the entire program.