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).

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.

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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).