About Us Missouri Veterinary Medical Foundation

Our Mission

"People Helping Animals, Animals Helping People"

Who We Are

The Missouri Veterinary Medical Foundation is a 501c3 Charity that promotes "People Helping Animals, Animals Helping People" through its museum & grants, funded by donations and the Animal Archive pet memorial program. For more information visit http://www.movma.org

What We Do

The Foundation focuses on public education and animal welfare issues to further the health of animals in Missouri. Monetary support is given for worthy charitable projects like medical care for search and rescue dogs, spay/neuter programs coupled with the education of veterinary students, as well as education of the public through our renowned veterinary museum.

Contact Information

The Veterinary Museum

Helping you learn about the history, practice, and utility of veterinary medicine in Missouri and the people dedicated to the profession, then and now.

No visit to Jefferson City is complete without a visit to the only museum in the United States devoted solely to veterinary medicine. What strange objects does a veterinarian find in a cow’s stomach? What did a veterinarian use in 1929 to give Fido his medicine? Discover the answers to these questions at the Veterinary Museum.

The museum has thousands of artifacts dating from the 16th century to the present, including:

  • manuscripts instructing Missouri’s first settlers how to care for horses
  • a steamer trunk filled with instruments used by a late 19th century horse doctor
  • a 1870s wooden operating table for small animals
  • 19th century instruments, such as a wooden balling gun, a hog catcher, a Swiss trocar and farrier tools
  • a 1920s Shikles vaccinating kit for hog cholera
  • curious objects, such as huge horse pills and giant syringes Visitors touch and explore materials, such as bones, animals skins and hairballs.

Other discovery materials are specimens showing stages of a calf embryo and various animal diseases. The Veterinary Museum is a place for children and adults of all ages to have fun together.

Directions, Hours and Map

In Jefferson City, take 50 West to Route 179. Exit and turn right. Take first right onto Country Club Drive. Go one half mile. The museum is on the left.

Monday - Friday, 9:00 to 4:00 p. m.

Closed weekends and holidays.

Larger map and driving directions to The Veterinary Museum.