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Ontario Veterinary College 1862

Ontario Veterinary College

Photo by Wayne Adam - Posted March, 2015

Ontario Veterinary College

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted November, 2011

Plaque Location

The County of Wellington
The City of Guelph
On a concrete block facing east near the flagpole
on the southwest corner of Gordon Street and College Avenue
with the college in the background

Coordinates: N 43 31.912 W 80 13.954


Plaque Text

This college, known until 1869 as the Upper Canada Veterinary School, was the first in Canada to offer courses in veterinary medicine. It was established in Toronto in 1862 by the Board of Agriculture, and although partially sponsored by this government body it was operated as a private enterprise by Prof. Andrew Smith, a graduate of Edinburgh Veterinary College. Incorporated in 1896, the college was affiliated with the University of Toronto in 1897, although the latter did not confer degrees in veterinary science until 1908. In that year Prof. Smith retired, and the Ontario Government acquired his interest in the college. Placed under the Department of Agriculture, it was moved to Guelph in 1922.

Related Ontario plaque
Frank W. Schofield (1889-1970)

Related Toronto plaque
Ontario Veterinary College



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