U.S. Army Veterinary Corps Celebrates 100th Anniversary
Posted June 28, 2016
On June 3, 2016, the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps celebrated its
100th anniversary with multiple activities that took place in San
Antonio, Texas, the home of ArmyMedicine. The highlights of the
event included an anniversary banquet on June 2 with the American
Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) President Joseph Kinnarney as
guest speaker. The unveiling of the Veterinary Corps sculpture at
Fort Sam Houston took place on June 3. The Veterinary Corps
partnered with the American Veterinary Medical Association
and the Uniformed Veterinary Medicine Association for the monument.
Army Veterinary Corps commissioned San Antonio artist Donna
Dobberfuhl designed the unique sculpture that represented the
Veterinary Corps’ past and current missions.
The need for military veterinary expertise began evolving in
1776 when General George Washington recognized the need for a
veterinarian to care for military horses. Although veterinary
personnel were used by the military during most of our nation’s
history, it wasn’t until the National Defense Act was signed in
1916 that a separate branch for the Army veterinary officers was
established. Since then, throughout the Veterinary Corps’ 100
years, veterinary officers, warrant officers, enlisted personnel
and civilians have provided outstanding veterinary support to our
military, particularly related to animal medicine and surgery, food
safety and quality assurance, and medical research efforts around
Today, members of the Veterinary Corps are highly trained and
skilled in many areas, such as veterinary medical and surgical
care, food safety, and biomedical research and development. Their
expertise has a unique and vital role in our nation’s defense.
In the spirit of celebration, the Veterinary Corps congratulates
the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine &
Biomedical Sciences (CVM) on their centennial year. The CVM has
provided professional education to many veterinarians who have
served in the military in the past 100 years. Additionally, the CVM
leads the state in the number of graduates who served as active
duty military veterinarians in the Army.
The senior ranking veterinarian in the Army is the Veterinary
Corps Chief. Of the 26 Veterinary Corps Chiefs since 1916, four of
them, the most from any one school, have earned their Doctor of
Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Texas A&M: Brigadier General
(Retired) Charles Elia (DVM ’43); Brigadier General (Retired)
Thomas Murnane (DVM ’47); Brigadier General (Retired) Frank Ramsey
(DVM ’54); and Brigadier General (Retired) Mike Cates (DVM ’80).
All four were present during the Veterinary Corp’s Anniversary
The CVM is proud of its officers who have served in the Army
Veterinary Corps. Texas A&M recognizes and appreciates the
military veterinary personnel and their service to our country.
More details can be found on websites of the Army Veterinary
Corps or the Uniformed
Veterinary Medicine Association.
Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to the U.S. Army
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