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Veterinary Museums and Historical Exhibits


Museums are the bridges between ….the preservation of our veterinary heritage and … our veterinary profession along with their families, their clients and the public. --- Harold Judd Davis, DVM


BROCHURE: Veterinary Museums and Historical Exhibits in the United States and Canada (Feb 2014)

DESCRIPTIVE GUIDE: Veterinary Museums and Historical Exhibits in the United States and Canada (Feb 2014)

Visit a Veterinary Museum or Historical Exhibit

Anyone traveling around the country can learn more about the rich heritage of the veterinary profession by visiting veterinary museums and historical exhibits. This brochure and accompanying guide identify where these facilities are located and how they may be visited and/or contacted.


Veterinary museums and exhibits have been established across the United States and Canada and may be associated or affiliated with:

·         Agricultural and farm museums 

·         Universities and colleges of veterinary medicine

·         State veterinary medical associations

·         Governmental agencies and municipalities

·         Local, state, and national historical organizations


Content and accessibility vary, but each is a unique treasure.  Most are open to the public, or by appointment in advance.


Also of potential interest to veterinary professionals are anatomical, animal specimen, and other medical-related collections.

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Corrections and Updates

We welcome additions, corrections, and other changes to this directory at any time. Please send changes and comments to the AVMHS Secretary-Treasurer, by email to


Donations and Inquiries

Many of these museums continue to accept in-kind donations of instruments, artifacts, photographs, papers, books, specimens, signs, and other memorabilia to further expand their resources and collections.  Some may also be able to help in identifying antique instruments and related items.


Anyone wishing to donate items, provide financial support for their activities, or identify an instrument should contact a museum directly.

NOTE: Because open hours for many of the smaller museums and exhibits are seasonal, visitors should check the websites or call in advance for the latest hours and access information.