Donald Smith has created an interesting and informative blog on veterinary history topics that he’s run across. In the U.S., there are several universities and veterinary schools that have archival materials for researchers interested in veterinary history. One of these is Cornell University, within the Flower-Sprecher Veterinary Library (headed by Susanne Whitaker, who is the wonderful secretary of the AVMHS) and the Kroch/Olin Libraries (archives of the University). A visit there is highly recommended for anyone interested in vet history research. In the meantime, check out Dr. Smith’s blog here: https://www.veritasdvmblog.com. Dr Smith gave a great presentation at the AVMHS meeting on Sunday on the oral histories of veterinarians that he has collected. You can access the transcripts of his interviews on his blog site. Happy reading!
This Sunday, the American Veterinary Medical History Society will have its annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois, USA. This is also the 150th Anniversary of the American Veterinary Medical Association. There are several activities of interest to historians, including the James Steele One Health Challenge on revitalizing “One Health” in the North American veterinary profession. I will be posting about the ongoing activities, so check in this weekend!
Stay cool, literally.
Susan Jones, DVM PhD
Professor and Director
Program in the History of Science, Technology, Medicine
The 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).
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.
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
This 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).