Michigan State University alumnus curates exhibit displayed at the 2013 AVMA Convention in Chicago


For many, the future is the focus of veterinary medicine. Veterinarians conduct research in search of new ways to improve human and animal life, and to advance medical practice. But understanding history brings important insights to the practice of veterinary medicine.

Fred Born (DVM ’62) has created exhibits that explore the genesis of veterinary medicine. One exhibit was displayed at the 2013 AVMA Convention in Chicago, in celebration of the AVMA's 150th anniversary this year. Born’s AVMA exhibit was modeled on an exhibit that has been on display at the College since 2012.

The exhibit at the College is displayed in a popular study area on the College’s second floor. Across from the almost constantly occupied couches are the glass cases that house the American Veterinary Medical History Society exhibit, designed and constructed by Born. The exhibit contains hundreds of years of veterinary medical history, and an impressive collection of historical objects and tools.

2011 marked the 250th anniversary of the opening of the world’s first veterinary school in Lyon, France, and the 250th anniversary of the veterinary profession—an event that has been celebrated by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and veterinary organizations around the world. As part of the “Vet 2011” global celebrations, the exhibit was displayed at the 2011 AVMA Convention in St. Louis, Missouri, and at other AVMA conventions around the country.

Born oversaw the exhibit set-up when he was on campus in June 2012 for the Class of 1962’s 50th reunion celebration. The display has generated a positive response among students and faculty.


Carlie Trabulsy, a first-year veterinary student says, “I’ll be sitting there studying for an exam, and right in front of me is this big display of veterinary history. It’s inspiring to know that the profession I’m so passionate about and dedicating so much time studying for has such a long history.”

Her classmate Eric Eyde shares Trabulsy’s appreciation, saying, “I’m excited to continue the tradition, but glad technology has advanced beyond some of the tools displayed in the case.”

Knowing the history of veterinary medicine provides depth to veterinary education—and demonstrates just how far we have come.

Posted: July 11, 2013
Contact: Olivia Asiala