The history of First Veterinary School in the World – 1761

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The first veterinary school in the world was created in Lyon in 1761 by an equerry, Claude Bourgelat (1712-1779).

Claude Bourgelat, a man renowned for his skill in horsemanship and horse medicine, a man fully able to understand the issues of his time. Aware of the scope of the physiocratic movement and of the need to improve the health of farm animals.

He was able to understand the expectations of Henri-Léonard Bertin, Minister of King Louis XV, in proposing the creation of an establishment, breaking with traditional farriery.

When the school was founded two years earlier, the king had given it only a short-term grant. This left the school’s long-term prospects in jeopardy. But after the Lyon students proved their worth in managing and preventing epizootic diseases, Bertin and the king were convinced. The king’s decree in 1764 that Lyon be given the title Royal Veterinary School meant that it would be supported by the state, according to Bost.

That same year, Bourgelat was designated director and inspector general of the Lyon Veterinary School “and of all such schools which exist or which shall exist in our Kingdom” as well as commissioner general of the royal horse-breeding establishments. By then, Lyon had 36 new enrollees; enrollment would later stabilize at 30 new students per year.

For Bertin, the Lyon school was only the first step in contributing to the country’s animal and agricultural health. In 1764, he ordered Bourgelat to create another veterinary school. This time it was located in Alfort, just outside Paris. Bourgelat established the standards for the two veterinary schools in 1777 and would continue to teach until he died Jan. 3, 1779, at age 67.years

First elephant to get a prosthetic leg – Hats off to the Vets!!!

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An elephant who had a leg amputated after stepping on a landmine has taken her first steps on a new prosthetic.

Motala (50 years old) , was a working elephant who moved trees in the Thai jungle when she stepped on a mine.

Motala had been looking for food when the mine exploded in 1999.

She received her first artificial leg in 2006 – and became the first elephant with a permanent prosthetic in 2006.

App based portable Ultrasound Scanner compatible with iPhone and Android


Philips introduces new mobile, app-based approach to ultrasound delivery that brings secure cloud-enabled technology and high-image quality to broader network of healthcare providers.

Lumify is designed for emergency departments and urgent care centers, as well as other clinical uses such as orthopedics and internal medicine, and will operate from a compatible smart device connected to a Philips ultrasound transducer.

World’s Shortest Cow – Guinness World Record


The six-year-old Manikyam lives in Atholi in the south Indian state of Kerala the God’s own Country. It’s
measuring only 61.5 centimeters from the hoof to the withers, Her owner, farmer and environmentalist NV Balakrishnan, obtained the cow as a new-born calf, and despite feeding her and raising her exactly like the other cows on his farm, her growth stalled at just over two feet. She was officially confirmed as the world’s shortest last year, smashing the previous record of 69.07 centimetres. This is officially the world’s shortest cow.