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Here is the Autumn 2015 Newsletter
If you would like to see the previous one, it's here

Site updated
12 April 2016

About us

The Veterinary History Society was founded in London in 1962.

The aims of the Society are to foster all aspects of veterinary history.

To achieve these aims, the Society:
  • Promotes meetings for members and guests
  • Publishes a journal - Veterinary History
  • Prepares exhibitions
  • Sponsors lectures for students, for associations and for joint meetings with other societies
  • Encourages the preservation of artefacts and records of veterinary historical interest
  • Assists research workers and other persons on the history of the veterinary art
Membership is open to any person interested in the subject.

Vienna See what went on in Vienna in July for the WAHVM Congress
on their website.

You can join or renew your membership and pay your subscription using our new online form.

Annual subscriptions: UK members £25, UK students £15, Overseas members £40, Overseas Students £30, UK Libraries & Institutions £40, Overseas Libraries & Institutions £45.

Follow this link to the form or click the Membership button in the menu.

Sherwin Alexis Hall, MA, DHMSA, MRCVS, Honorary President of the Veterinary History Society, died on August 20th 2014.

The Society owes its existence to Sherwin, who stirred opinion towards its formation and then steered it through the majority of its years.

An appreciation of Sherwin Hall and his part in the study of the history of our profession is here. A more complete Memoir is published in Veterinary History Vol.17 No.4 p.438.

The Congress of the World Association for the History of Veterinary Medicine was held in London September 10th to 13th 2014. 'The Society's Annual General Meeting was held on the first day of the Congress at the Royal Veterinary College.

See Meetings page for reports and pictures.

Four publications from The Granville Penn Press

Click here to find out about the Press

“Major-General Sir Frederick Smith: His Life and Work” published July 2016.  The first book to investigate and assess Sir Frederick Smith, recognized as one of the most important British veterinarians.
Click here to find out more and print an order form.

"Robert Stordy in Abyssinia" is now printed and on sale. It is published by the The Granville Penn Press in association with the Veterinary History Society, and records the exploits and accomplishments of Robert Stordy CBE, DSO, MRCVS as he journeyed across this part of Africa in 1911.
Click here to find out more and print an order form.

"Twentieth-Century Veterinary Lives" is now printed and on sale. It celebrates the lives and work of members of the profession in the last century.
Click here to find out more and print an order form.

There are a few copies left of "A Victorian Veterinary Student’s Diary", the first book to be published by the Granville Penn Press. Click here to find out more.