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Kansas City Veterinary College
Kansas City Veterinary College
TitleKansas City Veterinary College
DescriptionPostcard of the Kansas City Veterinary College
Historical ArticleThe Kansas City Veterinary college located on the northwest corner of Lydia avenue in 1908, was at one time the largest institution of its kind in America. It was established in 1891 with three pupils in two rented rooms in the Schutte building on Grand avenue. Later it occupied space at 310 East Twelfth street and after that in a building at 1404 Holmes street.

The college grew rapidly and in 1902 purchased ground and erected a large two-story brick structure facing on Fifteenth street. The first floor housed offices, library, pharmacy, college room, the clinic wards of the hospital and a large clinic amphitheater. On the second floor were classrooms, a large museum, microscopic laboratory and wards for small animals. Research was conducted by Dr. A. T. Kinsley. Dr. Robert Cummings Moore was elected president of the board in 1898 and served in this capacity for many years.

An annex to the hospital built in 1907. It contained wards for large animals, a judging arena and an amphitheater seating 500 people, a well-equipped chemical laboratory and facilities for the study of anatomy and for autopsies.

A faculty of 20 instructed the 470 pupils enrolled in this private school in 1908. The school's best recommendation lay in the recognition of its graduates by the government, which employed many of them in the U. S. Cavalry, Bureau of Animal Industry, in the quarantine and meat inspection service.

The school was depleted by the draft of World War I and closed its doors in 1918. The Interstate Casket company used the building from then until sometime in the '30s. The building burned in June, 1956, and was razed the following month. Today, the ground is not in use, except for the north half of the block, which was cut away for the construction of I-70.

Kansas City Star
May 3, 1969

AuthorRay, Mrs. Sam (Mildred)
Item TypePostcard
CollectionMrs. Sam Ray Postcard Collection (SC58)
See finding aid: http://localhistory.kclibrary.org/u?/Local,36981
Local SubjectKansas City Veterinary College
Digital FormatJPEG
RepositoryMissouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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