Name and location of repository
Level of description
College of Veterinary Medicine records
- 1871-1999 (Creation)
12.50 Linear Feet, 8.00 Boxes
Name of creator
The College of Veterinary Medicine grew out of the College of Agriculture with the increased number and value of livestock in Kansas creating a demand for veterinarians. By 1886 Kansas State University had begun offering courses in veterinary science for those in the agriculture program, but these courses were just supplements and not a degree program. But Bby 1905 the demand became enough that the Board of Regents authorized the beginning of the four-year veterinary science course and the Department of Veterinary Medicine was formed. From the beginning, the veterinary science course included students operating a daily veterinary clinic for sick or injured animals in the area. In 1908 Veterinary Hall, later Leasure Hall, was built and became the first building to house the College. When K-State was reorganized in 1909, the department was put in the Division of Agriculture.
By 1919 the program was large enough that it was separated from the Division of Agriculture and was formed into the Division of Veterinary Medicine. The Veterinary Hospital, Burt Hall, was completed in 1923. In 1932, a five-year curriculum was instated, with this being extended to a six-year curriculum in 1948. The division was renamed the School of Veterinary Medicine in 1942, and in 1963 the College of Veterinary Medicine was created after University reorganization. At that time the College occupied three large buildings, Leasure, Burt, and Dykstra Halls, spread across campus.
The College is currently housed in its own complex, which contains Coles, Trotter, and Mosier Halls. Of the present colleges of veterinary medicine nationwide, Kansas State University is one of the oldest in the United States to grant the degree of Doctor of Veterinary of Medicine.
Deans of the College –
1919 – 1948: Ralph R. Dykstra
1948 – 1964: Eldon E. Leasure
1964 – 1965: Ralph L. Kitchell
1966 – 1971: Charles E. Cornelius
1971 – 1984: Donald M. Trotter
1984 – 1987: James R. Coffman
1988 – 1994: Michael D. Lorenz
1994 – 1997: Ron J. Marler
1998 – 2015: Ralph C. Richardson
2015 – 2017: Tammy Beckham
2017 – present: Bonnie Rush
Content and structure elements
Scope and content
Administrative records, meeting minutes, publications, photographs, and information about awards and ceremonies from the College of Veterinary Medicine. The administrative records contain self-studies, statistical data, long-term development plans for the veterinary complex and programs, and information on a partnership with Amhadu Bello University in Nigeria (1969-1977).
The minutes cover faculty, dean's council, and department head meetings. The awards and ceremonies in this collection pertain to distinguished service awards and commencement. The publications in this collection are mainly copies of articles that have been assembled together about veterinary medicine. These reproductions make up the bulk of the earliest material in the collection.
System of arrangement
1) Minutes; 2) Administrative; 3) Publications ; 4) Photos; 5) Awards & Ceremonies. The administrative series contains three sub-series along with the general administrative files. These sub-series include, 1) Reports; 2) Correspondence; 3) Long-term plans.
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Conditions governing access
No access restriction: All materials are open for research.
Conditions governing reproduction
The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.
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Acquisition and appraisal elements
Immediate source of acquisition
Acqusition Source: College of Veterinary Medicine
Acqusition Method: Records Transfer
Acqusition Date: 20120330
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Related archival materials
- Citation: Preferred Citation: [Item title], [item date], College of Veterinary Medicine records, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Finding Aid Author: James Smith
Processing Info: Project archivist James Smith processed and described materials in July 2013.
Publication Date: 2013-07-29