Since its founding in 1978, AVMHS has traditionally held its yearly speaker presentation program and business meeting in association with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) annual conventions in various cities across the United States and Canada. The Society also displays an educational exhibit in the convention hall.  A series of postcards featuring a representative historical illustration associated with the state or meeting location was initiated in 2015. 

43rd AVMHS "Virtual" Annual Meeting, July 31, 2020, 11:00 AM PT (2:00 PM EDT)

This year's 43rd Annual Program and Business Meeting will be a live videoconference. First, Program-Chair/President-Elect Dr. Zbigniew Wojcinski has arranged for Dr. Meg Sutherland-Smith at the San Diego Zoo (SDZ) to give a presentation on "The History of the San Diego Zoo: A Veterinary Perspective." Her talk will be followed by our business meeting presided by President Jerry M. Owens. All are welcome to "attend" the session.


More information for joining in on July 31 will be forthcoming closer to the meeting date. 

42nd Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, August 2-6, 2019

Saturday-Monday, August 3-5, 2019 —  Exhibit Hall Booth #1093

Various veterinary history posters and information


Sunday, August 4, 2019, 8am-10am — AVMHS Business Meeting — Marriott Marquis Hotel, Anthem Restaurant for Dutch-treat buffet breakfast buffet

                         Dr. Russell W. Currier, AVMHS president, presiding 


Saturday-Monday, August 3-5, 2019 —  Poster Session, Exhibit Hall

Sunday, August 4, 3pm-4pm (staffed)

#A1 - C. Barnwell Robinson, V.S. (1859-1921): Founder of United States College of Veterinary Surgeons, Fire Department and District of Columbia Veterinarian  

                         Howard H. Erickson, DVM, PhD and

                         Philip Teigen, PhD

#A2 - Washington DC’s Private Veterinary Schools, 1892-1918: Case Study of Daniel Salmon’s Short-Lived National Veterinary College

                         Russell W. Currier, DVM, MPH

#1566 - Milestones in the History of One Health

                          Shannon Greeley, DVM

                          (Co-historian, Chicago Vet. Med. Assoc.)

41st Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, July 13-17, 2018

Saturday-Monday, July 14-16, 2018 —  Exhibit Hall Booth #2021  Various history posters


Saturday, July 14, 2018, 6pm-8pm — CE Program —  Hyatt Regency Denver, Centennial Ballroom H

Dr. Russell W. Currier, Program-chair/President-elect

Saturday, July 14, 2018, 6pm-8pm — Business Meeting, Hyatt Regency Denver, Centennial Ballroom H

 Prof. David J. Williams, AVMHS president


Saturday-Monday, July 14-16, 2018 —  Poster Session, Exhibit Hall

Sunday, July 15, 2018, 3pm-4pm (staffed)

#A21  Pioneer Veterinarians of Colorado and the West 

                         Howard H. Erickson, DVM, PhD

#A24  Early History of Veterinary Medicine in Illinois

                         Shannon Greeley, DVM


Society memberships at $35 individuals, $40 couples, $20 students, $500 life include mailed quarterly newsletters and semi-annual journal.


40th Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana, July 21-25, 2017

Saturday-Monday, July 22-24, 2017 —  Exhibit Hall Booth #1819

Various history posters, such as history of rabies, veterinary surgical instruments, 1912 AVMA Convention, etc. by Purdue Univ. veterinary students


Saturday, July 22, 2017, 6pm-8pm — CE Program — JW Marriott Hotel, White River Ballroom A

Brief talks on One Health by Dr. Peter Cowan, the Indiana Veterinary College by Dr. Howard Erickson, and Dr. Shope by Dr. Russell Currier. 

Saturday, July 22, 2017, 6pm-8pm — Business Meeting, JW Marriott Hotel, White River Ballroom A

Dr. Peter Cowen, AVMHS president


Saturday-Monday, July 22-24, 2017 —  Poster Session, Exhibit Hall

#2324 "The Indiana Veterinary College at Indianapolis (1892-1924): Its Background and Contributions to Veterinary Medicine" by Howard H. Erickson, DVM, PhD

39th Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, August 6-8, 2016

Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, 9:00am-9:50am — CE Program #1623 — San Antonio Convention Center, Rm. 214C

"James H. Steele, Contributions to Texas Veterinary Public Health," by Peter Cowen, DVM, MPVM, PhD


Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, 11:00am-11:50am — CE Program #1776 — San Antonio Convention Center, Rm. 217D

"Emergence of Ebola: One Health at Wor, " by Jerry Jaax, DVM, ACLAM and Nancy Jaax, DVM


Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, 4:00pm-4:50pm — CE Program #1624 — San Antonio Convention Center, Rm. 217D

"Infectious Disease and Bioterrorism: Beyond the Ebola Outbreak," by ,Jerry Jaax, DVM, ACLAM

Exhibit Hall booth displayed posters on: History of Texas Veterinary Medicne; Timeline of the Texas Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory; the Going Brothers; Presidents of the AVMA, and AVMHS Smithcors Essay Contest.

38th Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, July 11-13, 2015

Monday, July 13, 2015 — CE Program — Boston Convention Center

"The History of the Boston Veterinary institute and Early Presidents of the United States Veterinary Medical Association," by Howard H. Erickson, DVM, PhD 

"The Short Existence of the Harvard University Veterinary Department & Middlesex University School of Veterinary Medicine," by Henry E. Childers, DVM 

"Uncloaking Cognitive Decline: The Emergence of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction in Veterinary Medicine and Its "Implications for Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease," by Sarah M. Oates, ‘16
"Laboratory of Reform: The New England Experiment to Control Bovine Tuberculosis, 1894–1900," by Basil P. Tangredi, DVM

Exhibit Hall Booth focused on: "Florence Kimball, DVM ‘10: Early Massachusetts Woman Veterinarian," by Phyllis Hickney Larsen, DVM, MPVM

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5th Regional Veterinary History Meeting, September 28, 2013

Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association, Louisville, Kentucky

4th Regional Veterinary History Meeting, June 15, 2012

University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada

"Cross-Border Connections in Canadian and U.S. Veterinary History"

3rd Regional Veterinary History Meeting, September 16, 2011

TIowa State Veterinary Medical Association, Ames, Iowa 

2nd Regional Veterinary History Meeting, March 6, 2010

Texas Veterinary Medical Association, College Station, Texas

1st Regional Veterinary History Meeting, June 9, 2009

Kansas Veterinary Medical Associaton, Manhattan, Kansas

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