Enduring Veterinary Legacies James Law Hall, Cornell, circa 1900

Enduring Veterinary Legacy

Donald Smith

Donald F. Smith, DVM

Professor of Surgery
Austin O. Hooey Dean of Veterinary Medicine, Emeritus

College of Veterinary Medicine
Cornell University
T1-002 Veterinary Research Tower
Ithaca, NY 14853

Phone: 607 253-3605
Fax: 607 253-3701


An Enduring Veterinary Legacy

Veterinary medicine's rich and enduring legacy comes alive in these accounts of veterinarians who advanced animal health over the past 100 years. Through interviews with veterinarians or surviving family members, Donald F. Smith, dean emeritus of Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, captures fascinating accounts of the personal and professional lives of veterinary practitioners, industry leaders, and animal health experts.

Animal owners will experience the everyday humanity of these veterinarians; those who aspire to a career in veterinary medicine will appreciate the pathways that their predecessors have prepared for them. Veterinarians everywhere will feel a kinship with these individuals, for they are so much like the rest of us.

Dr. Smith is the collection’s principal biographer and interviewer and can be reached at dfs6@cornell.edu. Ms. Terry L. Kristensen, associate director of the Flower-Sprecher Veterinary Library, is responsible for the curation, design, and implementation of the collection and can be reached at tlk23@cornell.edu.

Part I:   The Great Depression and WW II (1920-1949)
Part II:  The Growth of Clinical Medicine (1950-1974)
Part III: Clinical Specialties, Research and New Opportunities
              for Women  (1975-1999)

Part IV:  Veterinary Medicine in the 21st Century (2000 - )