J. Fred Smithcors Student
Veterinary History Essay Contest
Because history has a lot to tell us
about our profession and ourselves
1st Prize Jennifer Yu, ’16, University of California, Davis West of West Nile: A Virus Conquers the New World.
2nd Prize (tie) Ellen Kim ’17, Kansas State University The Great Cattle Plague and Dr. John Gamgee: The Need for Historical Perspective on Trade and Public Health Policy.
2nd Prize (tie) Alexander Neale ’17, Tufts University In Sickness and In Health: A Marriage of Veterinary and Human Medicine, 1866-1881.
4th Prize Stephanie Liao ’17, Kansas State University Furry Valor: Tactical Dogs of World War I and II.
2016 Contest Information
Beginning in 1991, an annual essay contest
sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical History
Society was established. This contest aims to
encourage interest in history by encouraging participation
by students enrolled in veterinary medical colleges in the
United States, Canada, and West Indies..
It is named in honor of J. Fred Smithcors,
DVM, PhD for his many contributions to
veterinary history as founder of the American Veterinary
Medical History Society, author of several books on
veterinary history, educator, publisher, and editor.
Winners are selected by a panel of AVMHS
judges and receive cash prizes in honor
of Dr. Elizabeth Atwood Lawrence.
First Prize $1200
Second Prize $1000
Third Prize $800
Fourth Prize $500
In addition to the cash prizes up to $1,000
travel allowance is available for the presentation of one
winning paper at the AVMHS annual meeting held at the AVMA
In addition, every student that submits an
essay that follows the guidelines will receive a
complimentary one-year membership in the Society that
includes two issues of Veterinary Heritage. The
Society reserves the right to publish meritorious essays
in whole or part in Veterinary Heritage: Bulletin of
the American Veterinary Medical History Society.
More information concerning eligibility,
suitable topics, essay criteria, and other details is
available through the links below.
Click here for a list of past contest
A list of
past winners by topic.
Essay Promotion Materials
Contest Brochure (PDF)
A poster describing the 2015 Essay Contest
is available here (PDF)
Entry Form and Submission Guidelines
Please review and adhere to the
You should also review Dr.
Currier's memo to Student Essayists.
Submit the entry form
along with your essay. (Word Document)
The deadline for the 2016 Essays is 15 April
2016 ( your essays must be received no later than
Send a PDF version of the manuscript
and an entry form by email to:
Russell W. Currier, DVM, MPH
Chair, AVMHS Essay Contest
Please include "Smithcors Essay Entry" in