PVM Students Take Top-Honors in Veterinary History Essay Competition

June 16, 2017

The results are in from the 2017 Smithcors Veterinary History Essay Contest, and Purdue Veterinary Medicine was well represented thanks to the efforts of two DVM students! The annual competition is sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical History Society (AVMHS). The PVM students authored the top three essays, and for the first time in the history of the contest, the top two essays were written by the same student.

Jessica Zeiger, of the DVM Class of 2018, claimed First Prize with her essay entitled, "Madness, Mystery, and Monsters — An Early History of Rabies." She also received Second Prize for her essay entitled, "Sleep Away the Suffering — The Early Development of Veterinary Surgical Anesthesia." Janna Draper, of the DVM Class of 2019, won Third Prize for her essay entitled, "The Development of Enrichment and its Importance in Animal Research."

The AVMHS established the essay contest in 1991 to promote interest in history by encouraging students enrolled in veterinary medical colleges in the United States, Canada, and West Indies to research, write about, and appreciate the rich heritage of their profession. The contest is named in honor of Dr. J. Fred Smithcors for his many contributions to veterinary history as founder of the AVMHS, author of several books on veterinary history, educator, publisher, and editor. Winners are selected by a panel of AVMHS judges and each receives a cash prize funded by the Donaldson Charitable Trust and awarded in memory of Dr. Elizabeth Atwood Lawrence, a former essay contest judge who served two terms as AVMHS president. Additionally, all contest participants receive a free, one-year membership in the AVMHS that includes two issues of the society's semi-annual journal, Veterinary Heritage. The AVMHS also reserves the right to publish meritorious essays in the journal.

Writer: Kevin Doerr, pvmnews@purdue.edu

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