Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Education

Marian Bruce. (2004). Pets, Professors, and Politicians: The Founding and Early Years of the Atlantic Veterinary College

Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Education

Marian Bruce. (2004). Pets, Professors, and Politicians: The Founding and Early Years of the Atlantic Veterinary College

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Marian Bruce. (2004). Pets, Professors, and Politicians: The Founding and Early Years of the Atlantic Veterinary College. Charlottetown, PEI: Island Studies Press & Atlantic Veterinary College. 232 pages. ISBN: 0-919013-43-0

Marian Bruce, a Prince Edward Island native, has written extensively on historical Island topics. As the title indicates, this book is the story of a new professional school in Atlantic Canada. The story begins in 1940s by following a young man from Prince Edward Island to a veterinary school in Ontario. This sets the historical context and the narrative tone of the book.

The story unfolds chronologically and contextualizes the training and working conditions of veterinarians in Canada in the 1940s. Quickly, the story moves to the early 1970s when the need for more veterinarians was recognized by the federal government. The long process of deciding and negotiating the location of the new veterinary college for Atlantic Canada is described in detail. The school had to suit the needs of the community and the region as well as the country. Bruce presents a number of public figures, private citizens, and faculty members, focusing on key individuals by telling their stories. History is animated by this presentation.

The first class of the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, was held in a basement classroom in September 1986. The school, part of the University of Prince Edward Island, officially opened in May of 1987. Presently, students can complete undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degrees in veterinary medicine. The school conducts research to promote animal health, welfare, and productivity, as well as advance human and environmental health. The school provides services and public education to improve the health and well-being of animals.

The Atlantic Veterinary College is the fourth veterinary college in Canada. Presently, the University of Calgary is poised to open the fifth. Although a relatively new school, the Atlantic Veterinary College now takes its place in the history of veterinary colleges in Canada. …

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