Office of Advancement, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Zuschlag Veterinary Medicine Heritage Collection & Information Commons


The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association opened the Dr. Walter E. Zuschlag/ ISVMA Veterinary Heritage Collection in October 2007.

On display on the second floor of the Basic Sciences Building, located at 2001 South Lincoln Avenue in Urbana, the collection is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on regular University business days.

The collection includes more than 30 cabinets featuring artifacts from the earliest days of the veterinary profession. Syringes on display date from the Civil War era. An exhibit on veterinary pharmacology contains medicines from the quack doctors of the late 19th century. Numerous surgical implements show how animal surgery has evolved from primitive beginnings.