What's New at AVMHS!

January 1, 2020

AVMHS is very pleased to provide a newly produced and distinctive recognition certificate to each of the practices currently listed in the Society's Registry of Heritage Veterinary Practices. Suitable for display in waiting rooms or offices, these certificates will be mailed to practices in early January 2020 along with a new brochure describing the Registry program. A Web logo has also been designed for posting on practice Web sites to further promote their long-standing 50 or more

years of service. 

December 17, 2019


The Dispersion of Veterinary Medicine from Europe to New York: A Survey of Early Veterinarians in Albany, New York in the 19th Century

     Douglas L. Cohn

Historical Reflections: History of Nephrology in Veterinary Medicine

     Jerry M. Owens and Dennis J. Chew

Animals in Court: The Early Days of Veterinary Forensics

     Jennifer Chong Fan

Doctor of Donkeys: The Story of Claude Bourgelat, Who Turned His Love for Equids into a Medical Profession

     Scarlett Denise Welfel

Daniel E. Baughman, D.V.S., Founder of Fort Dodge Laboratories:...

July 8, 2019


Private Veterinary Colleges in the District of Columbia: Daniel E. Salmon’s National Veterinary College and Its Successors

            Susanne Whitaker and Russell W. Currier

Private Veterinary Colleges in the District of Columbia: C. Barnwell Robinson’s United States College of Veterinary Surgeons

            Howard H. Erickson and Susanne Whitaker

Who Let the Dogs Out of Orbit?: A Brief History of the First Dog in Space

            Ashley Russo...

June 2, 2019

Essay Contest Chair Dr. Jessica Zeiger is pleased to announce winners of the 2019 Smithcors Student Veterinary History Essay Contest.

1st Prize [tie]     Jennifer Fan '21 Cornell University

Animals in Court: The Early Days of Veterinary Forensics.

1st Prize [tie]     Scarlett Denise Welfel ’22 Iowa State University

Doctor of Donkeys: The Story of Claude Bourgelat Who Turned His Love of Equids into a Medical Profession.

3rd Prize           Annelise Radzin ’23 Ohio State University

Trypanosoma brucei brucei: The Para...

January 14, 2019

AVMHS is delighted to honor the Patterson Dog and Cat Hospital for being in continuous operation for 175 years—making it the oldest known veterinary practice in the United States. In 1844, English veterinarian Dr. James W. Patterson settled in Detroit and opened a large animal practice downtown. When his son Dr. Elijah Patterson took over, the hospital was moved to its present Woodbridge historic district building in 1909. Going strong ever since, Dr. Glynes Graham is the practice’s fifth owner from 1985 and has never considered changing its name.

Congratulations to Dr. Graham a...

December 20, 2018

Dr. Jerry M. Owens of Glen Ellen, California has become the new Coordinator of AVMHS's Registry of Heritage Veterinary Practices. He replaces Lesley Ann Gentry from Beloit, Kansas who served in this role since 2010. We welcome Dr. Owens and thank Mrs. Gentry for her excellent contributions to the Registry program which recognizes veterinary practices in continuous operation for over 50 years. 

November 20, 2018


Front  cover: Pitman-Moore Company facilities in Zionsville and Indianapolis, Indiana, about 1922 

The Pitman-Moore Company: An Early Supplier of Veterinary Pharmaceuticals and Biological Products.

James L. Bittle

History of Veterinary Orthopedic Surgery: Internal Fixation and Stabilization of Fractures in Small Animals

Martin De Angelis

Perceptions of Conception: The History of Artificial Insemination

Jessica R. Zeiger

The Child’s Vet: Veterinarians in Children’s Media in 20th Century America

Marta Zlotnick

History of Ebola and the Role of Veterinarians

Janna M. Draper


August 6, 2018

Dr. Russell W. Currier was elected President of the American Veterinary Medical History Society at its annual meeting held in Denver, Colorado on July 14, 2018 during the AVMA Convention. Dr. Currier also served as Society president from 2010 to 2012. Most recently, as chair of the Smithcors Student Veterinary History Essay Contest Committee, he managed the Society's annual contest for DVM students in the United States and Canada to win monetary prizes and encourage appreciation and understanding of the history of veterinary medicine. He is Executive Director Emeritus of the Am...

July 10, 2018

AVMHS is very pleased to welcome the new chair of the Smithcors Student Veterinary History Essay Content. Beginning with preparations for the 2019 contest, Dr. Jessica R. Zeiger replaces Dr. Russell W. Currier who has organized this annual contest for DVM students at US and Canadian veterinary colleges for 10 years. Dr. Zeiger earned her DVM degree from Purdue University in 2018 and possesses an enthusiastic interest in veterinary history. Having won four prizes in this contest, her first (twice), second, and fourth place essays have been published in issues of Veterinary Herit...

June 30, 2018


[Perspectives:] Innovations in Small Animal Surgery: A Historical Review, Part 1, The Early Years, by Robert L. Leighton

About the MSPCA Rowley Memorial Animal Hospital, Springfield, Mass. (1929-2007)

Sleep Away the Suffering: The Early Development of Veterinary Surgical Anesthesia, by Jessica R. Zeiger

A Story of Mice and Men: The Evolution of Animal Experiments, by Kara Simon

Economics of the Veterinary Profession: The Tables Have Turned, by Katya P. Luckenbach

American Veterinary History: Our First Veterinarians, by Bert W. Bierer

[Book Review:] Their Fate is Our Fate: Ho...

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