The University of Glasgow's School of Veterinary Medicine, also called the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, was founded by James McCall, a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. McCall came to Glasgow in 1859 and practiced as a veterinary surgeon. He began giving classes in veterinary anatomy, physiology, and surgery for Edinburgh students who lived in Glasgow. Formal veterinary classes started in 1862 with ten students. By 1873, the school had 52 students.
Joseph Lister, a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and the “Father of Modern Surgery,” was an early supporter of McCall’s teaching efforts. Reputedly, Lister conducted some of his early experiments in antiseptic surgery in McCall’s premises. Lister was a Professor of Surgery at the University of Glasgow from 1860 to 1869.
It is one of eight accredited veterinary schools in the United Kingdom.
In 1999, it became the third European veterinary school to be approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Today, it is one of four European veterinary schools approved by AVMA.
James Herriot, best-selling author of the “All Creatures Great and Small” series, is an alumnus. Herriot, born James Alfred Wight, qualified as a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1939.