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The Veterinary History Society was founded in London in 1962.

The aims of the Society are to foster all aspects of veterinary history.


To achieve these aims, the Society:

  • Promotes meetings for members and guests

  • Publishes a journal - Veterinary History

  • Encourages the preservation of artefacts and records of veterinary historical interest

  • Assists research workers and other persons on the history of the veterinary art

  • Contributes to the advancement of international veterinary history through its support for the World Association for the History of Veterinary Medicine

Membership is open to any person interested in the subject.



Membership is open to all and not confined to veterinary surgeons. All members are encouraged to participate in the society’s activities. You can use this online form to join or to renew your membership.
Members will also receive reduced entry to the WAVHM conference and two issues of Veterinary History per year


The Veterinary History Society collaborates and engages with a wide range of societies, organisations and universities across the U.K. These Include...

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Meetings are convened two or three times a year. They are usually held in London but, if appropriate, they may be held elsewhere and it has been customary to arrange a summer visit to an outdoor site, museum or building of historical interest.



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Paul Watkins


Paul Watkins qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1981, and his career has involved working in research, academia and general practice in both the UK and abroad.


He has had a long-standing fascination in the history of medicine, in its broadest sense, and has a particular interest in how the veterinary and medical professions have interacted and worked together over time. His other area of research has been the veterinary profession during World War 2


Bruce Vivash Jones
Senior Vice Chairman


Following a varied veterinary life, with a growing interest in our history, I retired to devote my time to the subject – so far for 13 years. 

Particular interests are knowing the chronology of veterinary medicine and understanding the animal-human relationship, together with identifying the people who have made veterinary history.


Robin Bone
Treasurer & Membership Secretary


Veterinary surgeon in small animal general practice for 34 years. Have been a member of VHS since 1983 and treasurer and membership secretary for over 20 years.

Interested in all aspects of veterinary history, especially the early history of the profession and first world war veterinary history.


Teresa Johnston
Editor of Veterinary History


Qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1981, initially worked in mixed practice before joining the family practice.

With my family practicing veterinary care for over 150 years I am particularly interested in preserving and informing others of the lives that contributed to the early years of the profession.

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Clare Boulton

Clare is Head of Library & Knowledge services at RCVS Knowledge.  As part of this role she manages the project to catalogue and digitise the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Historic Collection.  She is happy to try and answer questions relating to the RCVS its history and members

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Gary Clayton Jones

Qualified from Royal Vet College 1965.  Surgery Department until 1986 becoming first Director of Queen Mother Hospital. Private Surgical practice since. 


Past Chairman and Secretary of Veterinary History Society.

2015  Diploma in History of Medicine from Worshipful Society of Apothecaries and now lectures on Veterinary Medicine on the Course 


Tim Cox

Tim worked for nearly forty years in the media department of an advertising agency. For the last ten years before retirement he was the Worldwide Media Director on a number of major international advertising accounts.

Over time he has put together a collection of books and other printed material related to the worldwide history and organisation of thoroughbred horse racing and breeding, in both fact and fiction, including early farriery books. The collection is now housed in a custom built library and has been made available to ‘serious’ researchers by appointment. A complete listing of the books is available at


Andrew Gardiner

Andrew qualified from Edinburgh and worked in practice for 15 years before returning to the Dick Vet where he is now a senior lecturer.

He wrote a PhD on the history of British small animal veterinary practice and looks forward to the day when all British veterinary courses contain a module on the history of the profession. 


Alison Skipper

Alison qualified as a vet from Cambridge University, and has worked in small animal practice ever since. She has a lifelong interest in pedigree dogs, their history and disease, which In recent years has led her to combine clinical work with a second career in veterinary history.

She has an MA in Science, Technology and Medicine in History from King’s College London. Her PhD research explored the history of breed-related disease in pedigree dogs from 1890 to the near present. Alison is currently President of the World Association for the History of Veterinary Medicine.

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Abigail Woods

Abigail has a VetMB from Cambridge University, and worked in small animal practice before pursuing an academic career in history. She has a history PhD from Manchester University.

Abigail is currently Pro Vice Chancellor/Head of College of Arts at the University of Lincoln. Before moving to Lincoln in 2020 she worked at King's College London, Imperial College London and the University of Manchester.

She is also past President of the World Association for the History of Veterinary Medicine


Mike Hinton


Mike qualified from Bristol and spent forty years working as an academic and a civil servant.

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