Ontario Veterinary College Seeks Submissions for 150th Anniversary Book

Cat owners can send in stories about how their pet touched their lives.

Posted: August 26, 2010, 3 a.m. EDT

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Personal stories of cat companionship and scenes from veterinary clinics could be published in an upcoming bood.

The Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph has plans to celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2012 by producing a collection of poems, stories, essays and personal remembrances about how companion animals enrich lives. The collection is also a tribute to the veterinary professionals who sustain and are part of our life-long relationships with animals, according to the college.

The college is asking veterinarians, veterinary staff, pet owners, children and other pet enthusiasts to make a submission by Oct. 15. Submissions can be up to three pages or 750 words. Topics include:

• Companionship – What does the relationship between people and animals mean? What are the benefits of companion animals? What do they bring to your life?

• Passages – Stages of life from youth to old age, death and grieving. How have you been affected by acquiring a new companion animal? How has your life been touched by a pet’s illness or death?

• Scenes from the veterinary clinic – From the client, veterinary professional or animal perspective.
• Imagination itself – How animals inspire our imagination.

• On becoming a veterinarian – Why be a vet? What is the transition like?

• For children – Stories and poems on the theme for readers aged 8 to 12.

Selections will be made in a blind reading by a panel of “distinguished writers and veterinary educators.”

The book, which has the working title of “Animal Companions, Animal Doctors, Animal People,” will be distributed annually to graduating veterinary students in Ontario.

For submission details, visit the website. Successful entrants will be notified via e-mail and announced on the website in early 2011. The book will be available for purchase in May 2012.

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S    Three Oaks, MI

8/29/2010 6:37:00 PM

Sounds fun

Patty    Momence, IL

8/29/2010 4:23:30 AM

It does look fun.

Jerrie    SF, CA

8/28/2010 4:06:41 PM

This looks fun...

Betty    Brownsville, TX

8/28/2010 4:56:00 AM

Great!

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