Dr. Chester J. Lange practiced veterinary medicine at his animal hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina. During his career he was active in the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association (NCVMA), serving as secretary-treasurer and later president. Additionally, he was involved with the Carolina Kennel Club and the Humane Society of Guilford County. Before opening his animal hospital, Lange worked for the United States Department of Agriculture and served in World War II as a captain in the Veterinary Corps.
The Chester J. Lange Papers addition contains numerous pamphlets from various American veterinary meetings and conferences. Lange’s active participation in NCVMA is also represented in this collection containing NVCMA meeting minutes and programs, committee meeting notes, financial reports, organizational correspondence, and newspaper clippings. Additionally, the collection contains his research materials on the history of veterinary medicine in North Carolina.
Dr. Milton M. Leonard opened his practice in Asheville, North Carolina, in 1914, soon after receiving his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Cornell Veterinary College (now known as College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University). Throughout his career in North Carolina Leonard was active in veterinary circles, becoming the president of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association (NCVMA) in 1917. Additionally, he served in every officer position during his time with the NCVMA. In 1957, the association named Dr. Leonard Veterinarian of the Year. He was also a member of the American and Southern States Veterinary Medical Associations, American Animal Hospital Association, and the Piedmont and North Carolina State Veterinarian Associations. Leonard was a strong proponent of the state of North Carolina having its own veterinary school.
The Milton M. Leonard Papers addition consists of veterinary material on both companion and farmed animals. The collection now contains pamphlets and handbooks on cattle, dairy production, goats, sheep, poultry, companion animals, and parasites.
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