Army Veterinary Corps 1915

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  • My great grandfather is here in a white coat bandaging a fetlock! He was with the Army Veterinary Corps SE/22434 during WW1 stationed in Hampshire at a training depot. Before the war he was a groom then tailor. His father was a coachman. The Army Veterinary Service was founded in 1796 by public demand, outraged that more Army horses were being lost by ignorance and poor farriery than at the hands of the enemy. Parliamentary debate and media attention obliged the Committee of General Officers to take positive action and the Army Veterinary Service was born 'to improve the practice of Farriery in the Corps of Cavalry'. A Principal, Professor Edward Coleman, was appointed and graduates of the London Veterinary School, of which Coleman was the Head, began to be recruited to the regiments of cavalry. John Shipp was the first veterinary surgeon commissioned into the Army. He joined the 11th Light Dragoons on 25 June 1796, a date now recognised as the Foundation Day of the RAVC - John Shipp Day.

    darwineurope 15th Jan 2013

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