Denmark – 1998

Report of the visit of the Danish Veterinary History Society to Hannover, Brussels and The Netherlands, 7-14 june 1998

Eleven members of the Dansk Veterinærhistorisk Samfund and their partners, together 19 persons, were on a study tour to the Low Countries. On their way to The Netherlands they first payed a visit to theTierärztliche Hochschule in Hannover. Here they were received by prof. E.-H. Lochmann and prof. J. Schäffer, who showed them around in the Veterinary Museum. During their stay in The Netherlands the group was lodged in a hotel near the Utrecht Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, from where all excursions were made.

On June, 9th, they were the guests of the Netherlands Veterinary History Society. In the morning a visit was paid to the Faculty. After a speech of welcome by the director of the Faculty, several museums and clinics were visited. After a lunch in the Botanical Gardens a visit was paid to the University Museum. The dinner party was cheered up by singing, accompagnied by piano, violin and trumpet, with the assistance of eight members of The Golden Trachea, a club of Dutch veterinary students.

On Wednesday, the European parliament in Brussels was visited, where a lecture was given by a Danish member of this parliament, followed by a lecture of Dr. Jørgen Westergaard, head of the Animal Health section of DG VI. On the next day two museums in Haarlem were on the programme: first the oldest museum in The Netherlands, the Teyler Museum dating back to 1784 with its very diverse collections of paintings, drawings, scientific instruments, fossils and minerals, medals and coins, followed by the Frans Hals Museum.

On Friday a visit was paid to Museum Boerhaave, the National Museum for the History of Sciences in Leyden, and to Panorama Mesdag in The Hague. A sight-seeing tour, guided by Paul Leeflang, brought the Danes not only to the buildings of the Dutch Parliament but also along an open air exhibition of 20th century sculptures and statues; among them two modern representations of Cheiron. A farewell dinner was held at the seafront in Scheveningen.