All creatures great and small - Bearsden’s vet school’s seen them all!

GLASGOW Veterinary School in Bearsden is celebrating its 150th anniversary by holding an exhibition and releasing a fascinating new book on its history.

The centre, in the Garscube Estate, has been at the forefront of veterinary medicine for decades, leading pioneering research including the creation of the first lungworm vaccine for cattle and the first treatment to protect cows and ewes from mineral deficiencies.

Graduates from the school include Alf Wight, who reached national fame as a writer with his series of All Creatures Great and Small books under the pen name of James Herriot.

The new book, Glasgow Veterinary School 1862 – 2012, is a detailed look at the history of the school and its groundbreaking research and clinical development, complete with a wide range of pictures from the school’s archives.

Visitors to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum will also be able to take a trip through the school’s history and get up close to some fascinating objects illustrating the development of veterinary medicine.

The exhibition will showcase the school’s history of small animal, equine and farm animal medicine using a specially-commissioned short film and photographs from the school’s archives.

Items include a skeleton of a dog with an arthritic hip alongside an artificial hip replacement.

A cow’s skull and heart will also be on display.

Dr Philippa Yam, director of external affairs at the school, said: “We’re thrilled to be publishing the definitive history of the vet school in the year of our 150th anniversary.

“The book is a wonderful testament to the achievements of the school and the pictures give a vivid impression of how both veterinary medicine and the city of Glasgow has changed in over the last century and a half.

“We’re also grateful to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum for joining us in our celebrations. We’re very proud of our history so the opportunity to involve visitors at Scotland’s most visited tourist attraction in our story is very welcome.”

The book costs £9.99 and is available from and the exhibition will run for the next couple of months.