Perspectives in Veterinary Medicine is a collection of 205 short stories that first appeared as blog postings periodically between April 2013 and September 2015. They cover many facets of the veterinary profession particularly related to veterinary education and leadership from a historical point of view and show how the past and future of veterinary medicine are aligned.

As featured author, Dr. Donald F. Smith has explored a variety of current topics, such as the leadership role of women within the profession, development of veterinary colleges, diversity, and student education, background and training of deans, the re-emergence of the concept of “One Health” – the way in which animals enhance the human condition – and more.

Dr. Smith created a sister collection, An Enduring Veterinary Legacy, that includes oral interviews conducted between 2007 and 2010.

For further description, Introduction and story lists, see:

Recent Submissions

  • Who Educated Our First Veterinary Deans? 

    Smith, Donald F. (Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, 2015-09-21)
    The lineage and education of some of the first deans of veterinary medicine in the United States are traced. The educational legacy of Andrew Smith at the Ontario Veterinary College in Canada and Iowa State University are noted.
  • Franklin M. Loew, DVM '65: Visionary and Builder in Massachusetts 

    Smith, Donald F. (Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, 2015-09-03)
    A member of the Cornell class of 1963, Dean Franklin M. Loew was a driving force and builder of veterinary medicine at Tufts University in New England. That new school was established in the 1970s with a vision of One Health.
  • A First-Year Veterinary Student Meets her Mentor during Spring Break 

    Lavin, Natasja (Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, 2015-05-01)
    First-year Cornell veterinary student Natasja Lavin describes her travels to Arizona to participate in the Rural Area Veterinary Service (RAVS) program and work with her mentor, Dr. Robert McKee.
  • Veterinary Dean Elizabeth Stone Completes Ten Years at the University of Guelph 

    Smith, Donald F. (Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, 2015-05-29)
    When Dr. Elizabeth Stone was recruited from the University of Georgia in 2005 to serve as dean of the Ontario Veterinary College, she became veterinary medicine’s first woman dean of an accredited veterinary college in the ...
  • Leadership Workshop at the 2015 Boston AVMA Convention 

    Smith, Donald F.; Kumble, Julie (Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, 2015-05-15)
    Information is given about how to enroll in the Women’s Leadership Development Workshop being held at the 2015 AVMA Convention in Boston on July 10, 2015.

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