Flicka and the Ontario Veterinary College

Working in a busy urban centre, filled with tall skyscrapers, means Flicka’s available green spaces for body breaks is rather limited.  This is an unfortunate situation.

Fortunately, Flicka has found a very small public green patch some-what close to her downtown workplace.

This green patch is located in a City of Toronto operated park called “Cloud Gardens”.  Cloud Gardens is an interesting concept – see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_Gardens to learn more.

What does Cloud Garens have to do with the Ontario Veterinary College?  Well, Cloud Gardens is located on the original site of the Ontario Veterinary College!

A plaque on the site says:
In 1861, the Board of Agriculture of Upper Canada enlisted Andrew Smith, a Scottish veterinary surgeon, to establish Canada’s first veterinary school – in Toronto. After opening a private clinic near this site, Smith gave public lectures and anatomical demonstrations. Later, he offered a formal program of study leading to a diploma granted by the Board of Agriculture. In 1870, a new building opened adjacent to Smith’s clinic, which had become the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), to serve its growing enrolment. Smith and the OVC were important in professionalizing veterinary medicine in Canada. In 1897, the OVC became affiliated with the University of Toronto. The Government of Ontario acquired the school in 1908, placed it under the Department of Agriculture, and moved it to premises on University Avenue six years later. The OVC relocated to Guelph in 1922, becoming a founding college of the University of Guelph in 1964.

Ontario Veterinary College
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I think this is pretty cool!

This post was created on November 30, 2013.

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