World Veterinary Year Opening Features Equine Science Collection

Marketing and Communications | March 08, 2011

Texas A&M University officials celebrated the history of animal care at the opening reception of 2011 World Veterinary Year, co-hosted by the Texas A&M University Libraries and the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Recognizing 250 years of veterinary medicine world wide, the Feb. 25 event at the Hagler Center featured displays of rare books, historic veterinary postcards, and turn-of-the-century surgical instruments.

The displays highlighted volumes from a unique, historic collection in veterinary medicine and equine science acquired by the Texas A&M University Libraries in summer 2010. The acquisition sparked a major collaboration involving the Medical Sciences Library, Friends of the Sterling C. Evans Library, and individual members of its board. The Friends adopted the project and provided start-up funds for the collection to spur other gifts.

Barbara and Arno Krebs ’64 viewed their gift to the equine science collection as a fitting way to memorialize his parents, Lynette and Arno W. Krebs ’37. A banker and rancher who served as cadet captain on the Cavalry Regimental Staff at Texas A&M, Arno’s father appreciated and used veterinarians most of his life. As a member of the Friends board, Barbara was eager to support the collection and inspire others to do the same.

Vola and Fred Palmer ’59 recognized the value of the collection to Texas A&M as a leader in educating generations of veterinarians. In a bit of serendipity, Vola, a Friends board member, and Fred, a retired veterinarian and Distinguished Alumnus, made their gift anticipating the official announcement of 2011 as the Year of the Veterinarian by the World Veterinary Association.

Esther Carrigan, associate dean and director of the Medical Sciences Library, arranged the purchase and shipping of the collection amassed by a veterinarian and lifelong collector in Norwich England, John G. P. Wood. With nearly 900 titles, the collection primarily spans the 16th-19th centuries. Of particular note is the first published book on veterinary medicine, Vegetii Renati Artis Veterinariae (1528). Valued at $637,440, the collection will be housed in the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives.

For more information about supporting this collection, contact Adelle Hedleston at 979-862-4574 or adelle-h@library.tamu.edu.