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The authors undertook for the first time to write an American veterinary history, a task which was difficult because of the scarcity of authentic records. Veterinarians have participated in all the wars in which the United States has engaged, but none of them until the present moment left a lasting record of their experiences. This fact shows, the authors say, how undeveloped, disorderly and indifferent the veterinary profession of North America has been. The genesis of veterinary medicine in the United States falls into three epochs, sharply divided by great wars: (1) the Revolutionary War, which led to the development of a tremendous livestock industry and established the field for the present veterinary profession; (2) the Civil War period, during which an organization was established to plan disease control among the animals, and schools were founded to furnish the personnel; (3) the World War, which for the first time exposed
Veterinary Military History of the United States: With a Brief Record of the Development of Veterinary Education, Practice, Organization and Legislation. JAMA. 1936;106(22):1942-1943. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770220078027