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Dr. Benjamin Rush's talk "On the Duty and Advantages of Studying the Diseases of Domestic Animals" laid the cornerstone for the establishment of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the concept of One Health.
Dr. Pearson was an avid advocate of the profession and was involved in many associations and societies dedicated to developing veterinary science. He prepared two documents addressing the need for and the requirements of a veterinary education.
Held at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Sellers, Coleman. An Appeal to the Citizens of Pennsylvania for the Foundation of a Veterinary Department in the University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: Thomas W. Stuckey, 1879. Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
This pamphlet, published in 1897, contains a number of short articles, by several members of the emerging veterinary profession, describing some of the aspects of veterinary work, and its relation to the health and wealth of the nation.
Veterinary History Books (in print at Penn Libraries)
The Winning of Animal Health: 100 Years of Veterinary Medicine tells the story of the individuals and organizations that have worked together in the face of animal disease calamities to build veterinary science to the professional level it enjoys today.
A Concise History of Veterinary Medicine by D. Karasszon; E. Farkas (Translator)
Call Number: SF615 .K36 1988 (Veterinary Library)
Publication Date: 1998-12-31
The History of the Horse Doctor: a brief summary of 4000 years of veterinary history (Book & CD-ROM) by Fred J. Born
Veterinary Medicine: An Illustrated History by Robert H. Dunlop; David J. Williams
Call Number: SF615 .D86 1995 (Veterinary Library and New Bolton Center Library)
Publication Date: 1995-07-01
Veterinary Medicine: An Illustrated History is a comprehensive historical work focusing on three primary themes: the evolution of veterinary medicine, the role of animals throughout recorded history, and the unique human-animal bond.
Rev. ed. William H. Waddell, VMD, V'39 describes his experiences becoming and practicing as a veterinarian. He identifies Penn Vet's pioneer Black students and inventories the history of Black students at other US Schools of Veterinary Medicine.
The 1,054 rare volumes of the Fairman Rogers Collection, many of which have been digitized, serve as a foundation for scholarly study of the role of the horse in the technical, scientific, and social evolution of 19th-century European and North American history.