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Veterinary education in South Africa : the class of 1926 : short historical communication

R.D. Bigalke
Journal of the South African Veterinary Association | Vol 75, No 4 | a474 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jsava.v75i4.474 | © 2004 R.D. Bigalke | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 June 2004 | Published: 21 June 2004

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Abstract

Both Sir Arnold Theiler, appointed as Dean in 1920 when the Onderstepoort Veterinary Faculty was established, and Dr P J du Toit, who succeeded him in 1927, appear in the compound photograph of the class of 1926, constituting the 3rd group of graduates. The probable reason for having 2 deans on the photograph, which was obviously composed from shots taken individually of the outgoing and incoming deans of the faculty as well as of each of the 7 graduates, is initially analysed in this paper. This is followed by short descriptions of the life histories of the graduates. The class of 1926 was probably unique in that 2 of its members, who were employees of the Onderstepoort Research Institute, were granted special permission to study veterinary science at the Faculty. After graduating, most of the class members spent the greater part of their careers as civil servants at Onderstepoort as researchers and part-time teachers in the Faculty, as was customary for many years, or as state veterinarians in the field. Private practice did not feature strongly with them. Noteworthy is that the class produced 3 outstanding scientists, i.e. a world class parasitologist, a very eminent pathologist and Onderstepoort's 1st poultry specialist.

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1926; Government Service; Graduates; Onderstepoort; Scientists; Theiler; PJ Du Toit; Veterinary Education

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