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William Wallace Dimock
United States
The late Dr. William Wallace Dimock was keenly interested in all aspects of equine production and medical research. A veterinarian, he is known as the man who guided the University of Kentucky Department of Animal Pathology, which became the Department of Veterinary Science, to its position as one of the world’s premier equine research facilities.
Inducted December 1990.

When Dr. William Wallace Dimock was president of the American Veterinary Medicine Association (1942-43), he once wrote: “While the primary purpose of the veterinary profession is to serve the livestock industry, that is but the means to the more important end of serving the entire population.” Dr. Dimock lived and worked as he wrote, devoting his efforts over the first half of the 20th Century to research in a wide range of animal diseases and to the dissemination of information to veterinarians and livestock growers across the United States and in Europe. Under his direction, from 1919 until his death in 1953, the Department of Animal Pathology at the University of Kentucky grew from a single office with Dr. Dimock and one assistant, into the Department of Veterinary Science with a large, well-respected facility internationally known for its extensive research in equine fertility, infectious diseases and parasitology.

Dr. Dimock was born in Tolland, Connecticut, in 1880. He earned a B.S. degree from Connecticut Agricultural College and his D.V.M. from Cornell University in 1905. From 1906 to 1909, he worked for the Department of Animal Husbandry in Cuba. In the fall of 1909, he went to the Iowa Agricultural College at Ames where for 10 years he headed the Department of Pathology and Bacteriology in the veterinary division. He then joined the University of Kentucky in Lexington in 1919, where he continued his career until his death in 1953.

Dr. Dimock was involved in research which touched upon virtually all equine diseases and conditions, from wobblers and periodic ophthalmia to parasite control. He was especially interested, however, in equine fertility and diseases of the fetus and foal. He was responsible for introducing the manual palpation technique for pregnancy diagnosis in mares.

Remembered as an extraordinary teacher and great story-teller, Dr. Dimock influenced the lives and careers of numerous veterinarians, researchers and farm managers in Kentucky. He was the author or co-author of more than 150 publications. Dr. Dimock was a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Kentucky Academy of Science, the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association and the U.S. Livestock Sanitary Association. Dr. Dimock was named to Who’s Who in America and American Men of Science, and he was a Kentucky Colonel.

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