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AVMHS Time-Bites are historical “mini-stories” about specific aspects of veterinary medicine and animal health from ancient times through the ages. They highlight how veterinary medicine has changed over time and, in many instances, provide examples of how human and veterinary medicine have interrelated in the past.


We invite you to feed your intellectual appetite for history, read the words of other veterinary-history enthusiasts, and stand in solidarity with the remarkable scientific and societal contributions of past generations.


The History of Time-Bites

The AVMHS began this project in 2006 to educate and inform veterinarians, students, scientists, public servants, academics, and all animal health professionals about their rich heritage.


Since 2009, Time-Bites have been published on the Veterinary Information Network (VIN)® (, an online membership community for veterinarians and veterinary students. In most cases, VIN has added some current resources (eg, recent journal articles) related to the Time-Bite content. If you are a member of VIN, look for Time-Bites under the “VIN Library” tab, and then select “Miscellaneous” and “AVM History Society Time-Bites” from the drop-down menus.


Time-Bites are now also posted here on the AVMHS website for all members to access and enjoy.


Susan E. Aiello, DVM, ELS

Time-Bites Editor


June 30, 2022

The marriage of animal disease policy and animal welfare activism in the late 19th century, transatlantic trading world

Keywords: Animal welfare, Humanitarian League, transatlantic livestock trade, refrigeration, steam ships

June 29, 2022

The 1865 arrival of rinderpest in Great Britain

Keywords: rinderpest, John Gamgee, biosecurity preparedness and response, animal disease

June 28, 2022

To be added


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