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June 6, 2020

Essay Contest Chair Dr. Jessica Zeiger is pleased to announce winners of the 2020 Smithcors Student Veterinary History Essay Contest.

First place

The Un-BEE-lievable History of Beekeeping.

                Anastasiya Missan, '22 Atlantic Veterinary College

Second place

For the Love of Bastet: A History of Cats in Ancient Egypt.

                Anna Adams, '21 Purdue University

Third place

Looking Across Species: How one veterinarian revolutionized t...

June 6, 2020


History of Early Veterinary Colleges in California

            Part 1: University of California Veterinary Department, 1895-1899

            Part 2: San Francisco Veterinary College, 1899-1918

            Part 3: Veterinary Science at Berkeley and Davis, 1900-1948

            Susanne K. Whitaker

“Doc” Ira Barker Dalziel, Famous San Francisco Horse Dentist (1857-1942)


April 29, 2020

Dr. Fred Born from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin has launched a new blog from the Wisconsin Museum of Veterinary History. The inaugural issue of the Quarterly Newsletter, v.1, n.1, Jan-Feb-Mar 2020 was posted on April 25, 2020. It will feature obituaries of  Wisconsin veterinarians, descriptions of vintage veterinary instruments, other news of historical interest, and much more. Dr. Born is an AVMHS charter member and has posted many of his informative PowerPoint presentations on various subjects as well. The Wisconsin Museum of Veterinary History is located on the grounds of the Gall...

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


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