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Sir Arnold Theiler Memorial Lectures

Sir Arnold Theiler

Arnold Theiler was born in the village of Frick, Canton Argau, Switzerland on 26 March 1867. He arrived in South Africa in 1891 and went on to establish a disinfection station and vaccine factory at Daspoort close to Pretoria in 1898. When this facility became unsuitable in 1905, Arnold Theiler was instrumental in establishing a new facility at Onderstepoort in 1908, which became the current ARC – Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute.  
During this time and in the years thereafter, the possibility of training veterinarians in South Africa was frequently raised but it was not until 1920 that Sir Arnold Theiler was appointed as Director of Veterinary Education and Research. He served as the first Dean when the first students enrolled for a degree in veterinary science at “Onderstepoort” (Faculty of Veterinary Science) under the supervision of the then Transvaal University College. The main building at the Faculty is named after Sir Theiler, as is the Sir Arnold Theiler Memorial Lecture that is annually presented by a special guest lecturer on Faculty Day.

The Sir Arnold Theiler Memorial Lecture

The Sir Arnold Theiler Memorial Lecture honours an esteemed scholar, scientist and researcher for his/her signal contribution to the promotion of veterinary science and veterinary education.

To view a list of the Sir Arnold Theiler Memorial Lectures click here or click on the links below for some of the memorial lectures between 2003 - 2013:

Sir Arnold Theiler Memorial Lecture 2013 (video clip)

Sir Arnold Theiler Memorial Lecture 2007

Sir Arnold Theiler Memorial Lecture 2006

Sir Arnold Theiler Memorial Lecture 2005

Sir Arnold Theiler Memorial Lecture 2004

Sir Arnold Theiler Memorial Lecture 2003
 

Prof Darrell Abernethy (left), Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Science hands the Lectori Salutem to Prof Louis (Lou) Guillette after he delivered the Arnold Theiler Memorial Lecture at Faculty Day 2014. Sadly, Prof Guillette passed away in 2015.

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