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The Dog in 20th-century Science - Science in the 20th-century Dog

One-day Workshop at the University of Manchester
Friday 26 June 2015
Chancellor's Hotel and Conference Centre

Download the programme (pdf)

The Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM) at the University of Manchester is pleased to announce a meeting on 26 June 2015 that will consider the place of the dog in science and medicine in the 20thC, and how this work has impacted upon the nature, health and welfare of dogs.

There is no charge for attendance. Morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided. The first session will begin promptly at 9.00 am. Chancellor’s Hotel is some three miles south of the centre of Manchester and its transport hubs; hence, given the early start, attendees may want to stay locally the previous evening. If so, rooms can be booked individually at Chancellor’s subject to availability. Details of the venue can be found here.

There are also a number of other hotels and B&Bs in the south Manchester area that can be found on the usual hotel booking websites.

If you wish to attend, please send by email your name, affiliation, contact details and any special requirements to - subject line: ‘Dog Workshop’ by 31 May 2015.


8.30-9.00 Coffee and registration


‘A Dog’s Life: Experimental neurosis and the conditional reflex in the work of W. Horsley Gantt’, Edmund Ramsden, Queen Mary University of London.

‘The Power of Love: Care and control in the standardization of laboratory beagles’, Gregory Hollin and Eva Giraud, Keele University.

10.20-10.45 Coffee


‘Compliant Companions: Fashioning canine veterinary medicine’, Andrew Gardiner, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh.

‘The birth of the canine health scheme: “night blindness” in the Irish Setter’, Alison Skipper, King’s College London.

‘How did the desire to create the perfect guide dog contribute to canine science?’ Monika Baár, University of Groningen.

12.45-1.30 Buffet Lunch


‘Messy Modernity: Dog excrement in 20th Century Paris’, Chris Pearson, University of Liverpool.

‘The Poop Scoop Revolution and the multi-species politics of dog-walking in 1970s New York’, Neil Pemberton, CHSTM, University of Manchester.

2.50-3.10  Tea


‘Canine Transmissible Venereal Tumour (CTVT): The exceptional case that changed cancer research’, Annabelle Bates, University of Cambridge.

‘Puppy Prozac: The development of psychopharmaceutical products for dogs’, Jennifer Adlem, Queen Mary University of London.

The programme is available to download as pdf: Programme

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