Historical Penn: The School of Veterinary Medicine + Laura Ingalls

Author: Aimee L.

I just realized that my last blog post was about the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, and how I have been checking out every single Edgar-Award winning book I can get my hands on (just finished The Last Child by John Hart and Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin.  Am now reading Ruth Rendell’s Tigerlily’s Orchids. Don’t spoil the ending for me if you’ve already read it. Though, truthfully, I’m halfway through the book and there doesn’t seem to be much of a mystery. No murders, no kidnappings, no intrigue–just a lot of detailed character studies of fairly unlikable people living in London. It is funny though).  So, fine, I won’t rave about Penn’s library again. Instead, I will post some feel good pictures I received from the School of Veterinary Medicine for the Homecoming Weekend guide (mark your calendars–it’s coming up on Nov. 4-6. It’s my job to remind you).

First, here are a few  vet school related photos from the archives (available through the VPD Library!! I can’t stop).

School of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Hospital, July 1909 (exterior, ambulance for small animals, during construction)

I love that this is an ambulance for small animals. How nice that they would just show up at your door if your kitty cat got into your butter churn or your dog ate up all of your coal or your ferret fell into the outhouse (I’m guessing at the details based on my only source of historical knowledge, the Little House on the Prairie series. Again, see previous post).

School of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Hospital (built 1883-1884 and demolished ca. 1901, Furness & Evans, architects), exterior

Here is the old vet school building–very bucolic, set in a field of overgrown dandelions.

School of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Hospital, interior, class in surgical amphitheater

Look how interested all these men are at seeing the dog having his foot bandaged. That’s because this was before the invention of TV (I’m pretty sure. Laura Ingalls didn’t ever mention watching cable with Pa while Ma put Carrie to bed in the corn crib).

School of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Hospital, December 1908

This is either the Vet School or nearby insane asylum during lunch break. Hard to tell from this distance.

School of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Hospital, circa 1900, Blacksmith Shop

Here, the students are leanring a second trade, horseshoe-crafting, just in case the whole “vet” thing didn’t take off.

Barbaro, the undefeated Kentucky Derby Race Horse winner, and Penn vet staff member

In case you didn’t realize it, Barbaro was treated for his broken leg at the George D. Widener Large Animal Hospital at the School of Veterinary Medicine’s New Bolton Center. You can read more about it here.

And, as promised, here are some present day photos submitted to me for the Homecoming Weekend guide–all very cute dogs successfully treated at the School of Veterinary Medicine.

And just so you don’t think I’m biased toward dogs, here are a couple of cats for you:

This reminds me of that scene in one of the Little House books where Laura and Mary have toothaches from eating too many handmade sno-cones and Pa pulls out all of their teeth.

You can find even more cuteness at the Penn Vet photo gallery here.


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Filed under Aimee L., Historical, Homecoming Weekend featuring arts and culture, Photos

One response to “Historical Penn: The School of Veterinary Medicine + Laura Ingalls

  1. Leigh Ann

    The animals are so cute! I burst out laughing when I saw the cats. Although I probably shouldn’t laugh since they look like they’re really hurt. But on the mend! Poor babies!

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