THE GRANVILLE PENN PRESS
Four publications from The Granville Penn Press
NEW! “Major-General Sir Frederick Smith: His Life and Work” published July 2016. The first book to investigate and assess Sir Frederick Smith, recognized as one of the most important British veterinarians.
"Robert Stordy in Abyssinia" is now printed and on sale. It is published by the The Granville Penn Press in association with the Veterinary History Society, and records the exploits and accomplishments of Robert Stordy CBE, DSO, MRCVS as he journeyed across this part of Africa in 1911.
"Twentieth-Century Veterinary Lives" is now printed and on sale. It celebrates the lives and work of members of the profession in the last century.
There are a few copies left of "A Victorian Veterinary Student’s Diary", the first book to be published by the Granville Penn Press.
It was Granville Penn who took the idea, promulgated by Thomas Burgess in 1785 at Odiham and translated it into the ideal. He drew up a plan for the creation of a veterinary profession. His proposal for a dedicated school was received with enthusiasm by the medical profession, scientists and members of the nobility. As a result the Veterinary College (now the Royal Veterinary College) was established in Camden Town in 1791.
Granville Penn FSA, 1761-1844, the grandson of the Quaker leader William Penn of Pennsylvania, led what could be termed an “interesting” youth, but settled down to become a serious scholar and author. He was a natural reformer and had “a self-confessed commission to campaign for enlightenment causes”. He became associated with the Odiham Society in 1789, the same year in which he happened to meet by chance the French veterinarian Charles Benoit Vial de St. Bel who had a proposal to establish a veterinary school. Penn encouraged St. Bel, he revised the scheme, wrote propaganda letters and acted to convince livestock owners, medical professionals and scientists to give their backing to the idea. He drew up a “Plan” for this new vocation. This document laid out the path that the emerging profession was to follow for many years. Granville Penn justifies being called the Founding Father of the veterinary profession.
The Veterinary History Society is proud to commemorate the name of Granville Penn to acknowledge the debt that the profession owes to his initiative, far-sightedness and determination in establishing veterinary education in Britain and in creating the veterinary profession.