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Black History & Veterinary Medicine – Dr. Jane Hinton (1919-2003)

Today’s historian we will talk about is Dr. Jane Hinton. She was one of the first two African Americans to graduate with a DVM. The other being Dr. Alfreda Johnson Webb who we talk about later on. There were only 4 DVMS before her and the next DVM would only show up after 20 more years! Not only did Dr. Hinton pave the way for women in veterinary medicine she also paved the way for women in other sciences such as microbiology. Since her father was one of the most prominent African American researchers she was able to work as a lab assistant to Dr. John Howard Muller. This opportunity gave her other opportunities such as helping create the Muller-Hinton agar, which is used widely in all sciences to test bacterial resistance to antibiotics! Dr. Hinton also worked with livestock disease outbreaks. In 1960 Dr. Hinton was able to retire and enjoy her life with her garden and pets, at the young age of 41. She never married and died at the age of 84.


Written by: Ashley G, VT





Black History & Veterinary Medicine - Dr. Alfreda Johnson Webb (1923-1992)

Today's medical historian of colour is Dr. Alfreda Johnson Webb. Dr. Webb graduated with her DVM with our previous blog star Dr. Hinton, as one of the first female African American veterinarians in the US. Both of these great women were also the first black members of the Women’s Veterinary Medicine Association. She also founded the School of Veterinary Medicine of North Carolina State University. In 1971, she became the first African American woman in the North Carolina General Assembly, serving on many committees including serving as the Chairperson of Minority Affairs, president of the Democratic Women of NC, and a member of the NC Council on Sickle Cell Syndrome.   So you can see despite so many obstacles Dr. Webb was still able to make history and so can we!   Written by: Ashley G, VT   Resources:    

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