"Tales of pioneer hardship and deprivation have been told many times. Yet still we remember in wonder, that people accomplished so much with so little; that men and women with simple tools, their bare hands, and their own inventiveness cleared the land, drained the swamps, made their own clothing and provided their own food. Through all these difficulties God was with them and they wanted their children educated intellectually and spritually." from Norfolk Street United Church history

Friday, March 9, 2012

Guelph Museums Display Showcases Ontario Veterinary College’s 150 year History and Community Ties

Ontario Veterinary College: 150 Years and Counting

GUELPH, Ontario March 8, 2012 - University of Guelph Release - The history of the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) will be the subject of an exhibit opening March 9th at the Guelph Civic Museum.

The museum is now located in the historical Loretto Convent building on Norfolk Street.

Honouring OVC’s 150th anniversary and the birth of veterinary medicine in Canada, the exhibit will give visitors an intriguing glimpse into the college’s challenges and accomplishments. A grand opening will take place March 23.

OVC was founded in Toronto in 1862 mostly to train people to look after horses, a vital part of the economy of then Upper Canada. As its focus broadened to farm animals and agriculture, the college moved to Guelph in 1922.

"Since then, OVC has played a significant role in shaping the city and the surrounding community — and people are interested in knowing more about what we do," said Peter Conlon, associate dean (students), and a keen student of OVC history.

The exhibit was assembled by Natasha Hayward, assistant history curator for OVC's 150th-anniversary project. Also involved were OVC staff, including Tara O’Brien, OVC 150 co-ordinator, and PhD student Lisa Cox, who has used college artifacts to learn about the history of zoonotic diseases. Hayward chose artifacts from 150 years of teaching, research and service at OVC.

One example is a copy of Canada’s first veterinary manual, one that was used widely around the world. When college founder Andrew Smith began teaching, he had one course and one textbook. An enterprising student from those early classes made this book from his class notes.

The exhibit also features historical photos and information and discusses today’s veterinary practice and the life of a veterinary student.

Ontario Veterinary College: 150 Years and Counting - March 9 – June 17, 2012.

Celebrating Guelph’s stories!

Located at the heart of Guelph in the newly renovated Loretto Convent, the Guelph Civic Museum showcases Guelph’s history through permanent and changing exhibits, a fun and interactive families gallery and special events and activities. The historic 1850s building, atop the hill on Norfolk Street and beside the landmark Church of Our Lady, is now the home for a collection of over 30,000 artifacts that illustrate the rich history of Guelph.

52 Norfolk Street (Corner of Norfolk and Cork Streets.)
Open daily 1-5 pm
Admission $4 Adults, $3 Seniors, Students, Children, $10 Families
(519) 836-1221

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