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July 31, 2014

Lest we forget: Canadian Veterinarians Caring for War Horses at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum

OTTAWA, July 31, 2014 – August 4, 2014 marks 100 years since the beginning of the First World War. As Canadians across the nation reflect on the war, the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum will showcase one of the conflict’s lesser known stories — the War’s horses and the veterinarians of the Canadian Army Veterinary Corps who cared for them.

Horses were heavily relied upon during the War and their living conditions were not easy. They often lived outdoors, subject to the elements in dirty, wet environments. At times, water and food were scarce. Fear and stress were high, and not only were horses threatened by gunshots, shellfire, or gas, but diseases were rampant.

These three display cases feature artefacts loaned by the CAV Barker Museum of Canadian Veterinary History at the University of Guelph, Ontario, and explain how the Canadian Army Veterinary Corps worked to prevent and treat disease and injury among war horses of the First World War.

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INFORMATION:
Ciara Cronin
Special Projects Officer
613-949-7964

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