The Norwegian Society for the History of Veterinary Medicine was established 9 February 1994. It is a member of the World Association for the History of Veterinary Medicine. The main activities of the society are meetings with lectures on subjects with historical relevance. Every year one or two tours are arranged to places with historic interest. A year book published every second year is another activity of the society.
At the general assembly 2012 the following board was elected: Trygve Grøndalen (chairperson), Roar Ektvedt (secretary), Kirsti Strengehagen (secretary), Børge Baustad (treasurer), Roar Gudding (international contact), Tore Håstein and Ingveig Olberg.
The society has both personal members and a few institutional supporting members. One main reason for being a member is the year book which is distributed to all members. The number of active members, having responsibility and participating regularly on meetings, is less than 40.
The income is based on an annual fee from the members. The main cost for the society is the publishing of the year book.
There are three types of meetings. The first Tuesday in each month there is lunch meeting in Oslo with lecture on a subject with historical and/or scientific relevance. The presentation is given by an invited expert in the field. In addition, once each semester a retired veterinarian gives an overview of his professional life.
At the end of the semester there is a meeting in the evening with a more comprehensive lecture. In 2012 “The horse in the military services” and “The thread mill principle in culture and biology” were the subjects. Spouses are invited to these meetings which include a social gathering afterwards.
The society arranges one or two tours every year, one of these is usually an international tour. In 2012 a group from the society visited Finland, where Professor Ilkka Alitalo was the perfect host for an interesting visit.
Four members participated at the 40th Congress of the World Association for the History of Veterinary Medicine in Utrecht 22-25 of August. Per Folkestad had a presentation about the history of the Norwegian Veterinary Association.
Since 1998 the society has issued a year book with historical presentations. The articles in the year book are of high quality. This is partly due to the work of the editor and his staff. The year book is written in Norwegian and the 2012 issue was nearly 200 pages.
The content included different subjects from the history of veterinary medicine in Norway. However, short biographies of technical staff at the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science were also included, and two daughters of veterinary practitioners reported from their childhood.
During the last 40 years there has been a small veterinary history museum with old equipment and literature at the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science. The museum includes the office of a local veterinarian, living in the South-Western part of Norway more than 100 years ago.
The museum had received a charabanc, a small horse-drawn wagon, as a gift from the family of a previous professor at The Norwegian School of Veterinary Medicine. This horse wagon was used by professor Ragnvald Bugge Næss more than 100 years ago. During the last years the charabanc has been carefully repaired and conserved by members of the board of the society and some hired professionals. It is placed in the big hall outside the main auditorium and the library at the Campus.
At a ceremony August 31 the charabanc was given to the Director of the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science.
This was the Norwegian title of a book with records of the late Olav Sandvik. “The fate” might be a translation of the title. The book is a kind of a memoir presenting memories of different parts of his life from the childhood to his career as Professor in microbiology and Dean at the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science, Director general at the Norwegian Veterinary Institute and Chief Veterinary Officer of Norway.
Members of the society have been editors for the book and the board of the society takes care of sale and distribution of the book.