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History of Veterinary Medicine

Posted Feb 17 2011 2:22pm

2011 is World Veterinary Year

“In the waning days of the 111th Congress, the House of Representatives followed in the Senate's footsteps by passing a resolution in early December marking the 250th anniversary of veterinary medicine and proclaiming 2011 as World Veterinary Year….”
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA), 2011; 238(1):14.

A Year for Celebration, Reflection, & Inspiration: World Veterinary Year kicks off Jan. 1  

“The first veterinary school may have been founded in Lyon, France, in 1761, but the 250th anniversary of the occasion will be celebrated worldwide.

National and international veterinary groups are calling 2011 "World Veterinary Year" to honor the creation of the Veterinary School of Lyon….”
Larkin, M. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA), 2011; 238(1):12.

C. Bourgelat – Pioneering a Profession: The birth of veterinary education in the Age of Enlightenment

“Claude Bourgelat was in a bind.

He had just established a veterinary school in Lyon, France, after much persistence. It had taken him years to build the reputation and connections needed to make this happen, and finally, with an order by King Louis XV's Royal Council of State, the Royal Veterinary School became a reality Aug. 4, 1761. It was created, in part, for students to learn how to treat livestock diseases….”
Larkin, M. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA), 2011; 238(1):8.

Pasteur’s Veterinary Disciple: Pioneered the Field of Bacteriology

“When French veterinarian and microbiologist Edmond Isidore Entinne Nocard died in 1903 at the age of 53, his untimely passing was reported by the Journal of Hygiene as "a severe blow to medical science throughout the world."

Hailed as one of the most distinguished disciples of Louis Pasteur, Dr. Nocard is credited as the first veterinarian in France to apply modern medical concepts to veterinary science, most notably in the area of infectious diseases. He helped to pioneer the nascent field of bacteriology with discoveries that affect human and animal health to this day.”
Nolen RS. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA), 2011; 238(3):268.


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