Story: Veterinary services

A Scottish vet

A Scottish vet

Edinburgh-trained Dr Alexander McLean Paterson is pictured with his wife Margaret and sons. He was one of five vets appointed by the government to administer the Slaughtering and Inspection Act, and arrived in New Zealand in 1901. He was based first in Southland and then in Timaru, and wrote a veterinary manual, The colonial horse doctor, published in 1906.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Alexander McLean Paterson Papers
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Hamish Mavor and Bob Gumbrell, 'Veterinary services - Early vet services, 1850s to 1940s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 December 2023)

Story by Hamish Mavor and Bob Gumbrell, published 24 Nov 2008