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HISTORICAL MARKERS related to Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary medicine has had a remarkably rich past. In the United States and in some other countries, aspects of this heritage have been recognized by the installation of different types of permanent outdoor historical markers, monuments, and commemorative plaques with historical, scientific. and/or educational content.


These descriptive identification markers are placed in designated locations to identify and commemorate important people, events, institutions, buildings, and activities. They may be freestanding on posts or supports or be affixed to stationary structures, such as buildings. The style and form may also vary.


Most historical markers have been created through the efforts of local, state, and institutional historians, interested individuals, heritage organizations, and other dedicated groups working with municipal and governmental agencies and/or corporate entities.


The overall purpose of these markers is to inform and educate the public about what happened on or near the site as an educational reminder of past accomplishments.

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THE HISTORICAL MARKER DATABASE: A catalog of public history cast in metal, carved on stone, or embedded in resin


This database currently containing over 204,000 entries has no topical category specifically for “veterinary medicine.” Consider searching “Animals” and “Science & Medicine” categories or for specific terms or phrases, such as “veterinary,” “horse,” “dog,” or related keyword.


Dedications, donor plaques, grave markers (unless including historical inscriptions), and memorials, except war memorials, are excluded.

See Editorial Guidelines for criteria.


Identification  and Collection of Existing Markers

The AVMHS seeks to identify, locate, and collect existing markers, monuments, and commemorative plaques related to any aspect of veterinary medicine, animal health and welfare.

If you know of an existing marker,

please take a picture and notify us using the MARKER FORM or send an email to


AVMHS will:

  • Review background on the marker

  • Add the marker to our Master List below

  • Check the Historical Markers Database

  • Work with you to add non-MHdb markers to that database.  

See HMdb Guidelines for submitting markers


Creation and Installation of New Markers

The Society also strongly encourages local efforts in the creation and installation of new markers, monuments, and commemorative plaques related to veterinary medicine, animal health and welfare.


Our members can provide advice in the selection of topics and location of suitable markers as well as offer overall suggestions for best practices in implementing marker projects.


More Information and Advice

Contact the AVMHS Museum Committee (

  • To suggest an existing marker to be added to our Master List

  • To get advice in searching or adding markers to the Historical Markers Database

  • To propose and get suggestions for a new marker to be created


US National Register of Historic Places of Veterinary and Related Interest


AVMHS Registry of Heritage Veterinary Practices


Last updated 2023-Dec-1


Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota

Dr. J.Y. Henderson – Circus Hall of Fame

New York, Richmond County, Staten Island, West Brighton

Dr. Patricia O’Connor Halloran – Staten Island Zoo Veterinarian 1942-1970

Tennessee, Knox County, Knoxville

War Dog Memorial

Tennessee, Rutherford County, Murfreesboro 

Stones River National Battlefield - Monument Honoring Horses and Mules

Texas, Bexar County, Fort Sam Houston

U.S. Army Veterinary Corps – 100th anniversary of service

Texas, Bexar County, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland

Military Working Dog Teams National Monument

Virginia, Lynchburg, Tinbridge Hill

Augustus Nathaniel Lushington, VMD (ca 1861-1931)

Northern Ireland, Belfast, May Street

John Boyd Dunlop 1840-1921 Veterinary Surgeon – invented the first successful pneumatic tyre,_May_Street,




Alabama, Lee County, Auburn

Carey Hall – Built 1940, a memorial to Dr. Charles Allen Carey (1861-1935)


Michigan, Ingham County, East Lansing

Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture


Minnesota, Ramsey County, Falcon Heights

Veterinary Medicine


Montana, Flathead County, Kalispell

Leslie-Dodge House – East Side Historical District


New York, Tompkins County, Ithaca

Veterinary College


Texas, Dallas County, Dallas, South Dallas

Dr. Frank E. Rutherford Veterinary Hospital


Texas, Brazos County, College Station

Francis Hall


Virginia, Gloucester County, Gloucester

The Birdsall Building [veterinary office]


Wisconsin, Milwaukee County, Hales Corners

German Evangelical Church / Brach’s Veterinary Hospital [1911]




Arizona, Maricopa County, Chandler, Downtown

Dr. A.J. Chandler 1859-1950


Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley, Main Post

In Memory of Civil War Horses and Mules


Pennsylvania. Philadelphia County, Philadelphia, Center City East

Women’s PA. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty for Animals

Virginia, Lynchburg, Tinbridge Hill

Old City Cemetery, Lynchburg, Virginia – Civil War Site    

Virginia, Lynchburg, Tinbridge Hill

The Quartermaster’s Glanders Stable


Iowa, Story County, Ames

The Gentle Doctor - Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Canada, Quebec, Chaudiere-Appalaches, Berthier-sur-Mer

Veterinarians mark the history of animal health in Canada

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