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New Exhibition Celebrates 100 Years of OVC in Guelph

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Last updated: November 11, 2022 15:35 EST
A Century on Campus. The OVC in Guelph. 1922-2022. An old black and white photo of the OVC main building from the early 1900s.

Explore the experiences of Ontario Veterinary College’s (OVC) student veterinarians throughout the last century with the new exhibition A Century on Campus: The OVC in Guelph, 1922 – 2022, curated in partnership by the OVC’s Barker Veterinary Museum and the McLaughlin Library’s Archival & Special Collections. 

In the 100 years that the OVC has been located in Guelph, the veterinary profession has rapidly changed and expanded and graduating classes have come and gone. However, despite being separated by a century, the OVC classes of 1922 and 2022 have the shared experience of attending veterinary school during a pandemic.  

In the exhibition, visitors will find a collection of college wear from the Barker Veterinary Museum’s holdings, including a women’s jacket from the Class of 1968, the first year women were able to design and have their own jacket. The exhibition also displays a variety of student items such as notebooks, photographs, clothing, and trophies. These items selected from the library's Regional and Campus History Collection and the Barker Veterinary Museum’s collections exemplify the growth and transformation of the OVC student body and social culture, as well as veterinary education and practice. 

Join us for the exhibition launch during Alumni Weekend on Saturday, June 25 from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the McLaughlin Library Robert Whitelaw Room on the second floor. At the launch, you’ll experience the exhibit’s ribbon cutting and hear short remarks from Dr. Jeff Wichtel, Dean of OVC; Dr. Lisa Cox, curator of the Barker Veterinary Museum; and members from the library Archival & Special Collections team. Registration is not required. 

After the launch, the exhibition will continue to be on display in the McLaughlin Library exhibition gallery until the end of 2022. To access the exhibit, email libaspc@uoguelph.ca.  

This exhibition was made possible by the collaboration of the Barker Veterinary Museum, Ontario Veterinary College; Archival & Special Collections, University of Guelph Library; Canadian VIBE (Veterinary professionals Instilling Black Excellence), OVC Class of 2022, Dr. Mike Scolaro, Dr. Brad Hanna, Dr. Ian Barker, and the OVC Dean’s Office. 

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