S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science

Quinlan, Dr John Bagot (veterinary surgery and gynaecology)

Born: 12 July 1887, Fethard, Wexford, Ireland.
Died: 12 August 1970, Durban, South Africa.
Dr John Bagot Quinlan

"JB" Quinlan qualified as a veterinarian (MRCVS, Dublin) in 1912 and was awarded the Fitzwygram 1st Prize as the top veterinary student in the British Isles. He then came to South Africa as lecturer in veterinary science at the Potchefstroom College of Agriculture. During World War I (1914-1918) he served as a captain in the South African Veterinary Corps. In 1920 he was stationed at the Allerton Veterinary Laboratory in Natal, until his appointment in 1922 as the first professor of surgery, gynaecology and obstetrics at the newly established Faculty of Veterinary Science of the Transvaal University College at Onderstepoort, Pretoria. He served in this position until his retirement in 1947. In 1922 he was awarded the degree Dr.Med.Vet. (Hanover), followed by an FRCVS in 1928. The next year he obtained the degree DVSc (University of South Africa) for his thesis Researches into sterility of cattle in South Africa.

Quin publish widely on subjects related to surgery and reproduction in domestic animals. After his retirement he practiced in Cape Town, Mooi River and Durban until his death. He was widely regarded as the greatest equine veterinary surgeon of his time.

List of sources:
Author and Subject Index to the Government Veterinary Reports of the Transvaal and Union of South Africa (1903-1932). Pretoria: Department of Agriculture, June 1937.

Author and Subject Index to the Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Science and Animal Industry (1933-1950) and the Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research (1951-1968). Pretoria: Department of Agriculture, June 1969.

Brown, M.H.V. & Curson, H.H. The veterinary profession in South Africa. 6: Theses for the doctorate. Journal of the South African Veterinary Medical Association, 1933, Vol. 4(3), pp. 186-188.

Posthumus, P.J. Past Veterinarians in South Africa, Vol. 2, 10th edition, [1992].

Compiled by: D.W. Verwoerd