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The 'Dangerous' Women of Animal Welfare: How British Veterinary Medicine Went to the Dogs.

Gardiner A - Soc Hist Med (2014)

Bottom Line: This paper examines the turn toward the small companion animal that occurred in British veterinary medicine in the twentieth century.The change in species emphasis is usually attributed to post-war socioeconomic factors, however this explanation ignores the extensive small animal treatment that was occurring outwith the veterinary profession in the interwar period.This paper argues that a shift toward seeing the small animal as a legitimate veterinary patient was necessary before the specialty could become mainstream in the post-war years, and that this occurred between the wars as a result of the activities of British animal welfare charities, especially the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals of the Poor.

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This paper examines the turn toward the small companion animal that occurred in British veterinary medicine in the twentieth century. The change in species emphasis is usually attributed to post-war socioeconomic factors, however this explanation ignores the extensive small animal treatment that was occurring outwith the veterinary profession in the interwar period. The success of this unqualified practice caused the veterinary profession to rethink attitudes to small animals (dogs initially, later cats) upon the decline of horse practice. This paper argues that a shift toward seeing the small animal as a legitimate veterinary patient was necessary before the specialty could become mainstream in the post-war years, and that this occurred between the wars as a result of the activities of British animal welfare charities, especially the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals of the Poor.

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Mentions: The exposure to so much injury and disease was in itself educational. For a receptive individual, it could transcend any formal veterinary qualification. Such awareness coincided with concerns that veterinary training was becoming too theoretical and that newly qualified veterinary surgeons lacked practical animal handling, communication and observational skills.25Fig. 1


The 'Dangerous' Women of Animal Welfare: How British Veterinary Medicine Went to the Dogs.

Gardiner A - Soc Hist Med (2014)

Maria Dickin, founder of the PDSA (copyright PDSA, reproduced with permission)
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HKT101F1: Maria Dickin, founder of the PDSA (copyright PDSA, reproduced with permission)
Mentions: The exposure to so much injury and disease was in itself educational. For a receptive individual, it could transcend any formal veterinary qualification. Such awareness coincided with concerns that veterinary training was becoming too theoretical and that newly qualified veterinary surgeons lacked practical animal handling, communication and observational skills.25Fig. 1

Bottom Line: This paper examines the turn toward the small companion animal that occurred in British veterinary medicine in the twentieth century.The change in species emphasis is usually attributed to post-war socioeconomic factors, however this explanation ignores the extensive small animal treatment that was occurring outwith the veterinary profession in the interwar period.This paper argues that a shift toward seeing the small animal as a legitimate veterinary patient was necessary before the specialty could become mainstream in the post-war years, and that this occurred between the wars as a result of the activities of British animal welfare charities, especially the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals of the Poor.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

ABSTRACT
This paper examines the turn toward the small companion animal that occurred in British veterinary medicine in the twentieth century. The change in species emphasis is usually attributed to post-war socioeconomic factors, however this explanation ignores the extensive small animal treatment that was occurring outwith the veterinary profession in the interwar period. The success of this unqualified practice caused the veterinary profession to rethink attitudes to small animals (dogs initially, later cats) upon the decline of horse practice. This paper argues that a shift toward seeing the small animal as a legitimate veterinary patient was necessary before the specialty could become mainstream in the post-war years, and that this occurred between the wars as a result of the activities of British animal welfare charities, especially the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals of the Poor.

No MeSH data available.


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