Call for papers
Imperial College, London, United Kingdom
10-13 September 2014
The British Veterinary History Society is delighted to host this meeting for the first time in its history. We look forward to welcoming national and international delegates to our capital city, for a stimulating programme of events. Academic researchers, veterinary surgeons, students and other interested parties are all invited to participate. The programme will include a variety of submissions on the topic of veterinary history (broadly construed). There are two key themes, which have been selected for their historical importance and their contemporary significance.
While papers are welcomed an all aspects of veterinary history (broadly defined), two key themes have been identified for the congress:
History of One Health
In the last five years, efforts to integrate human, animal and environmental health has accelerated under the banner of ‘One Health.’ But while this term is new, there is a long history of efforts to connect these arenas, and to bring human and veterinary medicine into closer alignment. Investigating this history not only promises to illuminate the current drive for One Health; it will also reveal the importance of animals and their diseases to the history of human medicine, society and the economy. Possible topics for examination include: the history of zoonotic diseases, comparative medicine, veterinary public health, antimicrobial resistance, the animal as research tool, veterinary-medical relationships, examples of particular individuals and institutions that exemplify the One Health Approach, and the recent history of One Health.
Our key note speaker on this topic will be Professor Donald Frederick Smith, Professor of Surgery and Dean Emeritus, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine: ‘The Three Parts of One Health: Zoonosis, Comparative Medicine and Zoeyia’
War, Animals & the Veterinary Profession
In the centenary year of the outbreak of World War I, it is timely to reflect on the multiple roles played by animals and the veterinary profession in wars throughout history. Possible topics of enquiry include: the changing uses of animals in warfare, and associated ethical and welfare concerns; the acquisition of animals for military purposes; their training, transport, breeding and management in health and disease; human-animal relationships in wartime contexts; the memorialisation of animals in warfare; the wartime activities of veterinary surgeons; the roles of animal charities and protection societies; the relationship between war and the development of veterinary knowledge and institutions.
Key note speaker: Dr Hilda Kean Ruskin College, Oxford: ‘Animals in wartime Britain: The Home Front’
If you have conducted some enquiries into these, or other aspects of veterinary history, and would
like to present your findings, please fill in the application form at www.veterinaryhistorylondon.com
The deadline for submitting abstracts is Jan 31st 2014. Decisions about the programme will
be made by the end of March 2014, and it will then be possible for delegates to register to attend
the meeting. Further details for how to register will be circulated in the VHS spring newsletter.
For all queries about this event please contact Abigail Woods at email@example.com