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A quick glance at the colorful and well designed cover of the January 2010 issue of the Journal suggested there was something special intended other than the start of a new decade.
I was a student at the Ontario Veterinary College when the first slim issue of The Canadian Veterinary Journal was distributed following a very long gestation. While we occasionally used the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the British Veterinary Journal, it was exciting to have a “made in Canada” veterinary journal. Its importance was mentioned by faculty, but we had no idea of the cohesive effect it would have on the profession in Canada. It has put on weight and matured gracefully over the past 50 years, and has grown along with three additional veterinary colleges and a much greater membership in our highly respected profession.
The fact that subscription rates increased from $3.00 per year to $170.00 per year, since 1960, is a measure of inflation.
While I look forward to receiving it each month, I have little idea of the work required in publishing a monthly veterinary journal, but I am sure it takes the work of many capable and dedicated staff and volunteers. To all of these contributors, I express my gratitude.
I was saddened to read of the passing of Dr. Jim Henderson, a stalwart of The CVJ in its early days. Being urbane, he had a solid vision for the profession and represented it well. He was an inspiring teacher and author.