banner  James Law Hall, Cornell, circa 1900

Enduring Veterinary Legacy


Part I: The Great Depression and WW II (1920 - 1949)

The first wave of land grant colleges that emerged in rural America between 1868 and 1907 all survive and expand. However, the proprietary veterinary schools that had appeared in the major cities of North America during the last four decades of the 19th century cease operation by the end of the 1920s. The working horse, the dominant species for veterinary care, is replaced by the automobile and tractor.

During the Great Depression, veterinarians start to treat companion animals in greater numbers, and small animal practices emerge in New York and other major cities. Many veterinarians are called into service during World War II, either in food inspection, regulatory practice, or in combat areas.

Biographies and Interviews

Ayres, John P., CU ’39
Bent, Clarence F., CU ‘39
Camuti, Louis, NYU ’20
Crandall, Mark R., CU ’39
Draper, Andrew M., CU ’38
Fallon, Harry J., CU ’38
Ferber, Robert, CU ’39
Goldhaft, Tevis M., CU '35
Grossman, Henry E., CU ’38
Gumaer, Kenneth I., CU ’43
Hoppenstedt, Clifford H., CU ’35
Hoppenstedt, Gilbert F., Penn ’40

Merenda, Joseph J., CU ’34
Murray, John D., CU ’39
Olson, Marie Koenig, CU '37
Pontick, Albert P., CU '39
Potter, Carleton W., CU '40
Povar, Morris L., CU '44
Proctor, Delano L., Jr. '42
Raker, Charles W., Penn '42
Roberts, Clarence R., CU '22
Skelton, Daniel, CU ’39
Sprecker, Isidor I., CU ’39
Waitz, Lawrence T., CU ’31