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Veterinarians' Contribution to First World War to be Documented

24 September 2014

NEW ZEALAND - Included in the 102,000 New Zealanders who served overseas from 1900-1945 were a number of veterinarians who went on to form the New Zealand Veterinary Corps.

These pioneering men contributed significantly to animal health, disease control and animal welfare in New Zealand, and in some cases paid the ultimate price for their involvement.

Those that did return formed the nucleus of the New Zealand Veterinary Association, which was founded in 1923.

To commemorate the centenary, Massey University, the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), the Ministry for Culture and Heritage and the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association (RNZRSA) are working together to produce the first definitive written history of New Zealand’s experience in the First World War.

The project, Centenary History of New Zealand and the First World War will be a series of up to 13 volumes published on different aspects of the conflict, including a volume on the New Zealand Medical Services in the War, which will pay tribute to doctors, dentists, veterinarians, the animal handlers and the animals that took part in the conflict.

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