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Archibald Robinson Ward received his DVM from the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1901. He was the first veterinarian to be appointed at the University of California, Berkeley. He also spent several years in the Philippines as the country's chief veterinarian, a position appointed by the United States Department of Insular Affairs. His primary purpose there was to rid the nation's cattle of several contagious diseases, such as rinderpest and contagious bovine pleuropneumonia. He later became Dean of the Veterinary College at the University of the Philippines, Manilla.