World Veterinary Year begins in January, marking 250 year since the establishment of the first vet school and celebrating the contributions the profession has made to society over the succeeding centuries.

World Veterinary Year begins in January, marking 250 year since the establishment of the first vet school and celebrating the contributions the profession has made to society over the succeeding centuries.

The first veterinary school was built in Lyon in 1761, followed, in 1764, by the Alfort School of Veterinary Medicine in Paris. Both schools were founded by barrister Claude Bourgelat, who was extremely concerned about cattle plague or rinderpest, which was endemic in Europe at the time.

The RVC was the first British vet school, established in 1791, followed by Edinburghs Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 1823.

Looking to 2011 and World Veterinary Year, BVA president Harvey Locke said: “World Veterinary Year is an opportunity for the veterinary profession across the globe to celebrate its achievements. Although the veterinary profession has changed a huge amount during the past 250 years, many of the principles on which it was founded are still strong today. Claude Bourgelat’s vision for veterinary medicine was science-based and we very much remain a science-based profession.

The official opening ceremony of World Veterinary Year takes place in Versailles on January 24. The veterinary school in Lyon hosts the World conference on veterinary education, which takes place from May 13 to 15. EU Veterinary week runs from May 16.

An article about World Veterinary Year, by reporter Joel Dudley and including statements by UK chief veterinary officer Nigel Gibbens and RCVS president Peter Jinman, will appear in a forthcoming edition of Veterinary Times.

 

 

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