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Black Veterinary History

Zalk Veterinary Medical Library highlights Black veterinarians and veterinary history from their collection and beyond.


Dr. Lila Miller

*One of the first African-American women to graduate from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1977
*Pioneered the field of Shelter Medicine and advocated for companion animal welfare
*Co-authored one of first articles calling for a veterinary forensics specialty, Recognizing and Reporting Animal Abuse, A Veterinarian’s Guide, for the American Humane Association publication.
*The first veterinarian appointed to human medicine’s National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) in 2011 and was appointed to the NBME’s Collaboration for Veterinary Assessment (CVA) Governing Committee in 2017. She served as a director and later Secretary of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards for three years, on the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (NBVME) for nine years and for 10 years as a member and chairperson (two years) of the New York State Board for Veterinary Medicine