Veterinary Surgery

Veterinary Surgery

VETERINARY SURGERY: Past, Present, Future

Veterinary surgery, like human surgery, i5 of ancient origin but of relatively recent development as a science. Early human surgery dealt mainly with trauma and, consequently, received its greatest de- velopmental stimulus from war and other disas- ters.’ Until the 14th century surgery was con- sidered a trade and was controlled by “barber- surgeons” whom the universities did not recognire as part of the educated medical profession.