Virtual meetings, February 24 and June 30
On February 24, the company held a video conference regarding the Fort Ord Station Veterinary Hospital in Monterey, California. The hospital, whose original buildings and interior are the only remaining WWII military equine hospital, is in danger of being demolished. Margaret Davis, Marina, Calif., Provided a description and history of the station and hospital. Dr Karen Hassan, President of the Fort Ord Equine Foundation, spoke about the political issues involved and the ongoing campaign to save the hospital. Greg Krenzelok, director of the Army Veterinary Corps Historical Preservation Group, provided additional information about the station, which he documented and photographed for archival purposes.
On June 30, Dr. Zbigniew Wojcinski, Past President of AVMHS, welcomed the virtual participants. Dr. David Scott McVey, Director of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Associate Dean of the Professional Veterinary Medicine Program at UNL-Iowa State University, presented “The History of Vaccines and the Impacts on Veterinary and Human Medicine. “
J. Fred Smithcors Student Veterinary History Competition, sponsored by the Donaldson Charitable Trust
First place — Polly Weldon (Florida ’22), for “Unexpected Allies: How an Original Thought from the 1930s Saved the Florida Key Deer from Getting Fucked”; Conrad S. Schelkopf (Kansas State ’24), for “Scrapie: A Brief History of the First Prion Disease”; third place — Lydia Hall (Purdue ’21), for “Zoo Pathology: A Historic Lens on an Emerging Field”; and fourth place — Brooklyn Biese (Purdue ’22), for “The Journey to Corticosteroid Treatment”.
As in previous years, members received a postcard prior to the meeting. This year’s postcard, in conjunction with Dr McVey’s presentation on the history of vaccine development, featured a photo of an early 1920s HK Mulford Co. rabies vaccine kit used in treatment rabies in humans.
Reports were presented on the ongoing activities of the AVMHS, including the publication of two issues of the Veterinary Heritage newsletter in December 2020 and June 2021; the distribution of 18 certificates to veterinary hospitals and clinics as part of the Register of Veterinary Practices of the Company’s Heritage, which honors veterinary hospitals and clinics in the country that are over 50 years old; the addition of stories to AVMHS Time-Bites, a series of historic ministries, whose links are regularly published in the e-newsletters of the Veterinary Information Network; and the J. Fred Smithcors Student Veterinary History Essay Competition 2021.
Dr Wojcinski sent a congratulatory letter, on behalf of the company, to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources in support of the unveiling of a State Historic Landmark in recognition of Dr Augustus Nathaniel Lushington (1861-1939) . Dr Lushington was the first African American to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania in veterinary medicine in 1897 and would be the first African American to graduate in veterinary medicine in the United States.
Four AVMHS Interim News & Comment bulletins were produced and sent to members in September and December 2020 and March and June 2021.
Dr Wojcinski initiated the process of revising the company’s Articles of Association, which had not been fully revised since 1999, and revised them with the help of Dr John de Jong, AVMHS Board Member , and Susanne Whitaker, AVMHS Secretary-Treasurer. A revised draft was distributed to members at the end of January, and several suggestions and comments were received. The revised statutes were approved by the members of the AVMHS at the meeting.
Dr Susan Aiello, Townsend, Tennessee, editor of the Guideposts book project, presented a progress report on the project. After nearly two years of planning and preparation, the company’s “Guideposts for Veterinary Professionals” were published on May 11, 2021. Inspired by the teachings of a health-conscious William Osler, MD, the paperback will be released to veterinary medicine students at their white coat and blue coat ceremonies. The book, focusing on topics intended to inspire and guide students as they enter the veterinary profession, is organized into five sections, plus a special chapter on Dr. Osler and an appendix with biographies of several prominent figures from the veterinary Medicine. With support from the Merck Veterinary Manual, the company provides one class free copies per year for four years to every veterinary school and college in the United States and Canada. The editorial team is in contact with schools and colleges to determine how many copies will be needed and when to send them out for distribution.
Dr Pat Kennedy Arrington, Louisville, Kentucky, President; Dr Marianne Ash, Lafayette, Indiana, program president and president elect; Dr Zbigniew W. Wojcinski, Hillsborough, North Carolina, Past President; Susanne K. Whitaker, Ithaca, New York, Secretary Treasurer; and members in general-Dr. John H. de Jong, Weston, Massachusetts; Arnold Goldman, Canton, Connecticut; John Howe, Grand Rapids, Minnesota; and Robert E. Treat, Manchester Center, Vermont