Missouri Veterinary Medical Association Museum
No Treatment Advised
In 1891, Missouri State Veterinarian Paul Paguin wrote this: “Saw 21 head of pure bred short-horned cattle of which 14 had chronic diarrhea all winter and several show signs of tumors on the throat. None of the herd has been thrifty for over a year. No treatment advised.”
Paguin’s journal sits on display in Jefferson City at the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association’s museum, the first U.S. museum dedicated to veterinary medicine. Vets from around the state donated artifacts: preserved Siamese piglets (joined at the abdomen), a four-foot piece of whale baleen (its tooth equivalent), x-rays of a puppy that swallowed a fishing rod, and an 1850 fleam (a set of instruments used to bleed animals). The display gets weirder: a one-inch thick, six-inch wide stone removed from a horse’s bladder more than 90 years ago and three iron bull dehorners, used at the turn of the 19th century. The oldest item on display is a 1500s German Horse Treaty Book.
The veterinary medicine museum, is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Guided tours are available. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.