By Heidi Barnes Heller, DVM, DACVIM (neurology)
Veterinary medicine, at the college level, was launched in the 1760s in Lyon, France, by Claude Bourgelat, who founded the first veterinary school. We know, however, that humans have been caring for animals for thousands of years. In the beginning, veterinarians traveled from farm to farm as the primary mode of animal treatment. This form of mobile veterinary practice was the standard of care until the early to mid-20th century. As the demand for small animal care grew, so did the presence of brick-and-mortar clinics. A building may have been the natural progression in veterinary medicine, but it also resulted in a separation into large and small animal focused care. The pet-loving public began to expect dedicated, expert care from their sm...
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