November 1, 1999

MEDIA CONTACT: Charlie Powell, 509/335-7073 or 208/882-1134,

WSU Veterinary College Publishes
Centennial History Book

PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine has published a 134-page book detailing the first 100 years of the collegeís existence.

"We are the fifth oldest veterinary college in the United States with a rich history captured in this new book," said Interim Dean Terry McElwain. "Weíre very proud of the fact that the Fall of 1999 and this book mark not only our official centennial year, but also our entry into the next century of teaching, research and service to society. Itís truly amazing to realize that this multi-million dollar, internationally recognized college began with a single state appropriation of $60 to build a lean-to shed."

Journalist Peter Harriman and Professor Emeritus Ghery D. Pettit, a retired veterinary surgeon, took more than a year to research and write the book that features more than 90 historic photos and illustrations, many never before published. Harriman, a reporter for more than 20 years with the former Pullman Herald in Pullman, and the Moscow-Pullman Daily News in Moscow, Idaho, is currently a regional reporter for the Argus Leader newspaper in Sioux Falls, S.D. Dr. Pettit, a University of California Davis veterinary alumnus, was a WSU veterinary faculty member from 1961-91 and has written before about aspects of veterinary history.

"Our former dean, Dr. Borje Gustafsson, recognized the importance of a centennial history and initiated this project before his retirement," said McElwain. "Peter Harriman provided us with a fresh look at the college from an outsiderís point of view, while Dr. Pettit had the professional contacts and experience to be able to bring the writing to life. Charlie Powell, our public information officer, was the managing editor for the project."

The book was designed and printed in its 8-by-8 inch size by the Office of University Publications and Printing at WSU. Two distinctive crimson bindings are available. The paperbound edition sells for $30, and a limited edition leather-bound book sells for $100. Prices include shipping and any applicable taxes.

Credit card and check orders can be placed by calling the WSU Veterinary College at 509/335-9516. Orders by mail should be sent to the College of Veterinary Medicine, P.O. Box 647010, Pullman, WA 99164-7010.


Note to Editors: For a free review copy of the WSU veterinary centennial history, please contact Charlie Powell at 509/335-7073. Both authors are also available by phone. Peter Harriman can be reached at 800/530-6397, ext. 615; and Dr. Ghery Pettit can be reached at 509/332-1492.

CVM Home Search
Comments and questions:
Revised January 09, 2009