Celebrating 150 years of veterinary excellence 1862-2012

Celebrating 150 years of veterinary excellence 1862-2012


Vet 150 Celebrations: 5-7 October 2012

The School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Glasgow celebrated 150 years since its foundation by James McCall in 1862.  This milestone was marked by a celebratory CPD weekend on 5 – 7 October 2012 attended by alumni, VIPs, staff students, veterinary surgeons and friends of the School. 

Professor Andrea Nolan, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University formally launched the celebrations in front of an audience of around 600 in the Bute Hall on Friday morning.  The ‘Vet 150 New Horizons Research Symposium’ provided both an historical and current perspective on veterinary research at Glasgow.  The day provided the opportunity to hear from internationally renowned scientists who in the past have shaped veterinary research through their links with the University and the people they have trained who continue with their ground-breaking work.  At the close of the symposium, the School recognised the contribution of those individuals who served the School in the office of ‘Dean of Veterinary Medicine’ by the presentation of inaugural ‘McCall Celebratory Medals’.  Dr Ian McLean and Professor David Bennett accepted medals on behalf of Professor Bill Mulligan and Professor Donald Lawson, who were unable to attend in person.  Sir James Armour, Professor Norman Wright, Professor Andrea Nolan and Professor Stuart Reid were all in attendance and received their medals from the Head of School, Professor Ewan Cameron.

The symposium included a Civic Welcome from Baillie Martin Docherty representing the Right Honourable Lord Provost of the City of Glasgow, and concluded with the Professor James McCall Memorial Lecture, delivered by Professor Stuart Reid, Principal of the Royal Veterinary College, London.

On Saturday there was three streamed CPD lecture programme (small animal, equine and farm animal) and a commercial exhibition, and on Sunday there was an interactive modular programme with practical sessions.  The social programme included a magnificent gala banquet in the Hunter Halls at the University, followed by a ceilidh in the majestic Bute Hall.  Photographs from the gala banquet and ceilidh are available to purchase and can be viewed at www.caseystewartphotography.co.uk

The celebrations concluded with brunch on Sunday at the Garscube campus.

Around 400 alumni took part in the various events, with some delegates travelling the length and breadth of the UK and a number of alumni travelling from overseas, including Australia, South Africa and the United States, making the weekend a very special occasion for all concerned.  Professor Ewan Cameron, noted ‘During the course of Friday, Saturday and Sunday I spoke to a large number of our visitors and guests.  Quite simply the praise for the weekend was overwhelming.  There can be no doubt that the Vet School is a closely knit community and that our alumni retain a love for their ‘alma mater’ long after they have graduated  and that alumni, staff or student, we all share the pride in being part of the family that is Glasgow Vet School’. 

Other events to mark the 150th Anniversary of the Veterinary School:

  • An exhibition about the Vet School at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and will run until January 2013.

James Herriot lecture marks start of 150th anniversary year for Vet School

James Herriot lecture marks start of 150th anniversary year for Vet School

Jim Wight Vet school talk In a special interview with the University, Jim Wight, a Glasgow vet graduate and son of Alf Wight, who was better known by his pen-name James Herriot, gives an insight into the life of his father, arguably the world’s most cherished vet.