The Smithcors Collection of Veterinary History was formed over a period of 35 years by J.F. Smithcors, DVM, PhD, who developed the first course in veterinary history (1955) to be taught at any school or college of veterinary medicine in the United States (Michigan State University). The author of three major works in the field of veterinary history—Evolution of the veterinary art, 1957; The American veterinary profession, 1963; and The veterinarian in America, 1625-1975, 1975, and more than 150 journal articles, papers, and book chapters—he is regarded by his peers as the "dean of American veterinary historians."
This site is a guide to the Veterinary History Collection at Washington State University. The collection is named for J.F. Smithcors who is regarded as one of the earliest and most published veterinary historians in America. The collection spans five centuries and includes mostly American and British titles. The works are cited alphabetically and some entries are followed by a very brief comment.