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

Veterinary Campus, 2010

Animal owners will experience the everyday humanity of these veterinarians; those who aspire to a career in veterinary practice will better appreciate the historical road that their predecessors have paved for them; and veterinarians everywhere will feel a kinship with these individuals, for they are, for all their extraordinary experiences and accomplishments, so much like the rest of us.

In order to see a comprehensive list of the people interviewed, select "Titles" below. The items entitled "A biography of and interview with ..." are written documents. The items entitled "Interview recording: ..." provide the actual audio from the interview.

This collection is created by Dr. Donald F. Smith, Dean Emeritus of the College of Veterinary Medicine. He can be reached at

This collection is curated by the staff of the Flower-Sprecher Veterinary Library. The initial design and implementation were conducted by Terry L. Kristensen, Associate Director of the Library.

Recent Submissions

  • A biography of and interview with Edward Hagyard Fallon 

    Smith, Donald F. (2012-07-19)
    When Edward Hagyard Fallon received his DVM in 1956, he joined the practice in Lexington, KY, now known as Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. He is the fourth in a line of family veterinarians that dates to 1876 when a ...
  • Interview recording: Edward Hagyard Fallon, DVM 

    Smith, Donald F. (2012-06-18)
    Interview with Edward Hagyard Fallon, DVM, Class of 1956. Interview Date: Intdate. Interviewer: Donald F. Smith, DVM, Austin O. Hooey Dean Emeritus.
  • A biography of and interview about Henry E. Grossman 

    Smith, Donald F. (2012-06-04)
    Henry E. Grossman received his DVM from Cornell University in 1938 and spent his entire professional career (1938-1998) in small animal practice in Brooklyn, New York. He was one of 17 Jewish students who matriculated in ...
  • Interview recording: Henry E. Grossman, DVM 

    Smith, Donald F. (2012-06-04)
    Interview with Mrs. Florence Grossman about Henry E. Grossman, DVM, Class of 1938. Interview Date: November 6, 2007. Interviewer: Donald F. Smith, DVM, Austin O. Hooey Dean Emeritus.
  • A biography of and interview with George E. Ross, Jr. 

    Massaro, Andrew J. (2012-04-12)
    Growing up in Kansas, George E. Ross, Jr. watched as the veterinarians cared for his horse and realized he aspired to be a surgeon. He was the first member of his family to graduate from college and received his DVM from ...

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