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First Veterinary Instruction

October 7, 2014

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Profile America — Tuesday, October 7th. "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." This quote is widely attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, but whatever the source, many people agree with the sentiment. One advance in such moral progress occurred on this date in 1868, when the first collegiate veterinary department in the U.S. began its instruction at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. The country's first veterinary doctorate was awarded in 1876 to Daniel Salmon, best known as the discoverer of Salmonella. Cornell also granted the first veterinary degree to an American woman, Florence Kimball. In the U.S. today, there are over 30,000 establishments providing veterinary services, and employment for about 310,000 two-legged animals. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at <http://www.census.gov>.

Sources:
Kane's Famous First Facts, 3182
Mahatma Gandhi: http://www.ivu.org/history/gandhi/
First collegiate veterinary department: http://www.vet.cornell.edu/about/history.cfm
County Business Patterns 2012 data: http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=BP_2012_00A1&prodType=table NAICS 54194


Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | Last Revised: September 26, 2014