At the time of European colonisation of Australia, veterinary medicine was a young profession, and there was little money or time for it. Even by 1910, when the University of Sydney enrolled its first veterinary science undergraduates, there were only about 75 qualified veterinary surgeons in the country. Veterinary Research at the University of Sydney: The First Century charts the remarkable expansion that occurred over the subsequent hundred years.
In the beginning, veterinary science in Australia focused on problems of agriculture, and University researchers played their part in keeping livestock healthy and productive. Over the course of the 20th century this focus expanded, with veterinary scientists producing original research on companion animals and wildlife species, while continuing to investigate farm animal topics. This research improved the lives of animals, and of humans: veterinary science has contributed to our understanding of a range of human medical issues including genetic disorders, skin cancer, infertility, infections, infestations and immunity.
Told by the scholars themselves, Veterinary Research at the University of Sydney offers an engaging first-hand account of collaboration, innovation, creativity and persistence.
Brian Bagnall is formerly Director, Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Programme, GlaxoSmithKline Corporation Philadelphia PA. USA
Hannah is a Lecturer in History at ACU in Sydney and a member of ACU's Historical Studies Research Concentration. Her research focuses on the history of universities, the history of work and professions, histories of capitalism and settler colonialism and historical consciousness in disadvantaged communities, especially in rural Australia.
John Egerton is professor emeritus in the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney.
Paul McGreevy is a professor of animal behaviour and animal welfare science at the University of Sydney.
2. Six doctors of veterinary science by John Egerton, Hannah Forsyth and Rosanne Taylor
3. Development of research support by John Egerton, Bill Porges and Rosanne Taylor
4. Veterinary pathology and bacteriology by Paul Canfield, Peter Claxton, Alan Donald, John Egerton, Clive Jackson, Terry Rothwell, Nick Sangster, Vivienne Reeve and Arthur Webster
5. Veterinary physiology by Grant Stone
6. Animal husbandry and animal science by John Egerton, Gareth Evans, David Fraser, Chris Moran, Paul McGreevy and Frank Nicholas
7. Veterinary medicine by Peter Claxton, Garry Cross, John Egerton, Tony English, Brian Farrow, Merran Govendir, Clive Jackson, Robert Love, Herman Raadsma, Linda Vogelnest, Arthur Webster, Richard Whittington and Peter Windsor
8. Veterinary anatomy by Michael Bryden, John Egerton and Glenn Shea
9. Veterinary surgery by Graeme Allen, Brian Bagnall, Chris Bellenger, John Egerton, David Evans, Reuben Rose and Rosanne Taylor
10. International research by John Egerton, David Fraser, Herman Raadsma, Jenny-Ann Toribio and Peter Windsor
Size: 210 × 148 × 23 mm
2 b&w tables and 36 b&w illustrations
Copyright: © 2016
Publication: 12 Dec 2016