The California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) has published a book chronicling veterinary medicine in the state.
The California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) has published a book chronicling veterinary medicine in the state. A Caring Profession: The Story of Veterinary Medicine in California begins in 1854 with Mathew DeLaney, listing himself as a veterinary surgeon in the San Francisco city directory to make him the first person in California to publicly practice veterinary medicine. The book continues through the 1870s, when graduate veterinarians began arriving in California, and into 1888, when CVMA was established. In the 20th century, the book covers the the professions technological advances and societal shifts that took place after World War II. In addition, it contains details on the increase in specialty and group practices and changes in veterinary education.A Caring Profession: The Story of Veterinary Medicine in California was a collaborative project by CVMA members, staff and author Marilyn Jensen. The CVMAs History Committee began work on the book in 1998. Researchers combed through archived veterinary publications and old newspaper clippings and interviewed current and retired veterinary practitioners. CVMA members from around the state contributed pictures, stories and memories. ABD Insurance & Financial Services sponsored the books publication.The publication is printed on high-quality book stock and is filled with vintage and contemporary documents, photos, newspaper clippings and mementos. A special leather-bound edition is available.
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