COMMITTEES, PROGRAMS and PROJECTS
GUIDEPOSTS FOR VETERINARY PROFESIONALS
This project team was established 2017 to produce and distribute Guideposts for Veterinary Professionals. Published in May 2021, a copy of this 256-page handbook is being distributed free of charge to all veterinary students in the United States and Canada at the time of their white coat ceremonies in 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024. It is intended to inspire and guide veterinary students and recent graduates as they enter the profession with advice and wisdom from experienced veterinarians.
Contact/Editor: Susan Aiello, DVM, ELS
INTERIM NEWS and COMMENT NEWSLETTER
The Society's periodic newsletter, Interim News and Comment, is issued 3-4 times per year with news concerning AVMHS activities and information about veterinary history in general. It is distributed to members electronically by email.
Reporters: Susanne Whitaker, MSLS and Helen Wojcinski, DVM, DVSc, DACVP
The Membership Committee was established 2020 for the purpose of recruiting and retaining members interested in supporting, appreciating, and promoting the history of veterinary medicine.
Chair: Helen Wojcinski, DVM, DVSc, DACVP
MUSEUMS AND EXHIBITS DIRECTORY
This Committee maintains a directory of museums and veterinary historical exhibits in the United States and Canada. Members also provide advice concerning the identification and preservation of veterinary-related memorabilia and artifacts.
Chair: Fred J. Born, DVM
The Nominating Committee is appointed annually to identify a slate of officers for the following fiscal year and elected at the annual meeting.
Chair: to be determined
ORAL HISTORIES OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
This group provides advice and encourages the preparation of oral history interviews with veterinarians to preserve the heritage of the profession.
Chair: Fred J. Born, DVM
VETERINARY HERITAGE PUBLICATION
The editorial team is responsible for producing semi-annual issues (June and December) of the Society's bulletin, Veterinary Heritage. Since 1982, Veterinary Heritage includes original research articles and publishes the winning essays from the Smithcors Student Veterinary History Essay Contest.
Editors: Susanne Whitaker, MSLS, and Susan E. Aiello, DVM, ELS
REGISTRY OF HERITAGE VETERINARY PRACTICES
The Registry of Heritage Veterinary Practices was established in 2006 to recognize and honor veterinary practices in the United States and Canada that have been in continuing operation for 50 or more years. Certificates suitable for display are provided.
Coordinator; Jerry M. Owens, DVM
SMITHCORS STUDENT VETERINARY HISTORY ESSAY CONTEST
The J.F. Smithcors Student Veterinary History Essay Contest was established in 1992 for the purpose of encouraging veterinary students attending colleges in the United States and Canada to research and write about a topic of their choice related to veterinary history. Cash prizes are awarded and winning essays are published in Veterinary Heritage.
Chair: Jessica R. Zeiger, DVM
TIME-BITES HISTORICAL STORIES
Time-Bites are short historical stories about aspects of veterinary history intended to educate and inform. They include representative illustrations and source references to encourage further reading. Time-Bites are current assessible exclusively on membership-based Veterinary Information Network (VIN).
Editor: Susan E. Aiello, DVM. ELS
The Society's website is intended to provide information about AVMHS and share resources related to the history of veterinary medicine.
Coordinator: Kevan P. Flaming DVM, PhD