A Brief History of Veterinary Medicine


English students of veterinary medicine at have a practical lesson with a horse in 1929.  Photo by Imagno/Getty Images
English students of veterinary medicine at have a practical lesson with a horse in 1929. Photo by Imagno/Getty Images

Animals and humans have been living together for centuries, but standardized veterinary care developed over a long period of time in many different places.

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Topics in this Podcast: medical history, science history, Animals