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Archive for year: 2013
In a paper read before members of the Veterinary Medical Association (probably in 1849) Thomas Gowing said “I have …experienced great difficulties in many required operations on the teeth [of the horse] from the want of proper dental instruments.” His solution? To invent a set of instruments which “I flatter myself, will be found useful… […]
The library is currently having a makeover which has meant emptying shelves and cupboards. One thing that has come out of its cupboard is a print titled ‘A muscular preparation of a horse with references.’ The inscription reads: “To His most Excellent MAJESTY GEORGE III. King of Great Britain &c &c. This Plate is most […]
Recently there has been another of those coincidences that those of us who work in libraries love. Two quite separate enquiries which end up having something – or in this case someone – in common. The first enquiry was from a researcher who wanted to look at The quarterly journal of veterinary science in India and […]
At the recent Veterinary History Society meeting in Edinburgh I took part in a panel discussion with a number of archivists. One of the things we were asked to discuss was what we particularly liked about our collections. I had given this some thought but hadn’t really decided what I would say as there are […]
A 125 years ago today the first issue of the Veterinary Record was published. I have written about its founder William Hunting and his reasons for starting the journal before. In fact I walk past a reminder of this everyday as his quote in the first editorial about the importance of recording observations and adding to […]
I have recently had the opportunity to look more closely at the almost 400 watercolours by Edward Mayhew that we acquired in 1990. Edward Mayhew (1808-1868) was the brother of Henry Mayhew, founding editor of Punch. It is thought he spent his early years in the theatre before enrolling at the London Veterinary College in […]
London, like most towns or cities, has lots of plaques commemorating people or events attached to its buildings. Most of these plaques are above eye level and often go unnoticed by people passing by. One such plaque is sited on the left-hand side of Oxford Street, when walking down from Marble Arch, on the block […]
A few weeks ago we were given three photographs by the great granddaughter of Richard Hughes, a well known veterinary surgeon who served on RCVS council from 1922-1934. Richard Hughes, 1856-1951, graduated from Glasgow Veterinary College in 1880. He went on to run a practice in Oswestry from 1882-1926 and was awarded a fellowship of […]
This year National Pet Month runs from 1 April- 6 May. As their web site says they are on a mission to: help promote responsible pet ownership across the UK highlight the important work of pet care professionals and working companion animals raise money for the nation’s pet care charities As a library we have […]
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