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.


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.


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).




Korean Society of Veterinary History

Organized in 2012 under the aegis of the Korean Veterinary Society, the Korean Society of Veterinary History now has a membership of ten.

2013 is the year of SNAKE, the symbol of wisdom and political power.

The Korean Society of Veterinary History, through Myung-Sung Chun, wishes all WAHVM members happiness and health for the Snake year.

Norwegian Society for the History of Veterinary Medicine


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.

Year Book

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.

Norway-charabancThe 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.

Hannover History Section of the German Veterinary Medical Society – 17th Annual Conference and Methodology Seminar


During the 59th Annual Congress of the German Society for Small Animal Medicine the Department of History of the University of Veterinary Medicine and the Hannover History Section of the German Veterinary Medical Society will present their 17th Annual Conference and Methodology Seminar.  This two day event will be held 8 – 9 November 2013 at the Estrel Convention Center in Berlin and will focus on the topic of “Man – Animal – Medicine Interplay and Problems in History and the Present Day.”

Organiser and Presenter: Johann Schäffer

The full conference program is now available.  The original Call for Papers can be seen here in English and German.  For more information about the conference or to register, visit the website at, email,  or call tel. ++49-(0)8142-570183 (fax ++49-(0)8142-54735).


Conference languages: German and English

Participation fee: € 95; DVG, ATF, WAHVM, DGGMNT members € 45; students free.

Congress organisation (Registration, participation fee, room reservation): CSM, Congress & Seminar Management, Industriestraße 35, D-82194 Gröbenzell, Germany

Scientific Programme (Registration of presentations and posters): Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. Johann Schäffer, Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover, Fachgebiet Geschichte, Bischofsholer Damm 15 (Haus 120), D-30173 Hannover, Germany

ATF-Recognition: 8 hours

Deadline: 1 April 2013: Registration of presentations and posters, speaking time max. 15 min + 5 min discussion, abstracts 1-2 pages each (only as separate email attachment as WORD document, Arial font, single-spaced, 1-2 illustrations)