42nd International Congress – Vienna – Update #3

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The 42nd Congress of the World Association for the History of Veterinary Medicine (WAHVM) will be held at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna July 27th to July 30th, 2016. The congress will be a joint conference with the European Association of Veterinary Anatomists (EAVA).  The full congress website is here.

Abstract submission and registration began on January 13, 2016. For registration please follow the link published on the conference homepage (Registration). You can also find detailed information on abstract formats and templates to work on (Abstracts).

Abstracts will be accepted until March 11, 2016.  Early registration is open from January 13 until May 13, 2016.  Late registration will remain open until July 22, and onsite registration is also available, but these are progressively more expensive.  See the registration link above for the full schedule of registration fees.

For those who have to apply for scholarships or other external funding, it might be of importance to know the expected time of decisions on abstract acceptance. The organizing committee aims at delivering the decision to the authors between April 25 and April 29, 2016.

Please make sure that your membership fees for 2016 have been transferred to the respective society in advance (final deadline for EAVA-memberships is January 31, 2016)  – so you can register as member in good standing and pay the reduced fees.

Hannover History Section of the German Veterinary Medical Society – 18th Annual Conference and Methodology Seminar

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During the 61st Annual DVG-Vet-Kongress in Berlin 12-15 of November 2015 there will also be a conference in veterinary history. The history conference is arranged by the History Section of the German Veterinary Medical Society and the Department of History of the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover and takes place 13 and 14 of November at Estrel Convention Center. There will also be a Methodology Seminar during the conference.

Two main themes have been chosen: “Role and importance of veterinary medicine in society” andSilent witnesses: Veterinary medicine and museology.” 

The cover picture of the Call for Papers depicts a synthesis of both themes: “La folie du Jour!”, ‘The madness of the day!’ is the title given to this empire engraving housed in the Veterinary Historical Museum of the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover. The caricature shows physicians who presumably after giving an enema to the lady of the house also give her lapdog an enema, a satire on veterinary medicine, which was emerging at the beginning of the 19th century.

Download the full seminar announcement or visit www.csm-congress.de for more information or to register. Professor Johann Schäffer is responsible for scientific supervision.

Young Scholars Award Announcement 2014: First Prize 1000 Euro

Announcing the 2014 Young Scholars Award Competition

For the best original essay on any topic of relevance to the history of the veterinary field, including animal health and disease.

First Prize: 1000 Euro plus up to 1000 Euro expenses to present the paper at the Congress in London*

Second Prize: 400 Euro

Third Prize: 200 Euro

Deadline: 28 February 2014

Click on this link for details of the competition:   Young Scholars Comp London

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

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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.