“It is important to keep his memory in bronze”

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Dr. Ferenc Kovács sculpture was unveiled on 10th May in the University of Veterinary Medicine’s park, on the 3rd anniversary of his death. The statue was made by the sculptor János Lestyán Goda.

The sculpture was founded by the voluntary donations of the relatives, fellow academic partners, and other alumni members.

Dr. Ferenc Kovács, member of the Hungarian Academy of Science, beloved and honoured teacher and through many years’ leader of the University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest, and President of the Agricultural Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Science.

Ferenc Kovács was born on the 28th November, 1921 in a small village (Somogyszentpál, Hungary). After finishing with top marks his basic studies in the elementary and secondary schools he gained admittance to the then Veterinary Faculty of the Hungarian Agricultural University in 1948 and graduated in 1952 with the best qualification.

After graduation he became an assistant, then senior lecturer at the Department of Internal Medicine of the College of Veterinary Science. In 1961, as an associate professor, he was entrusted with the organisation of the Department of Animal Hygiene, and one year later he was appointed the head of the department.

His qualities as a research manifested themselves early when, engaged in internal medicine, he managed to win international recognition by Distocain inj. ad us. vet., a medicament against liver fluke.

He wrote several handbooks, lectures notes, book chapters, and compiled documentation. His book entitled “ Állathigiénia” (Animal hygiene) proved to be a pioneer work. He was a leading member of many Hungarian and foreign scientific and social organisations.

Ferenc Kovács was the deputy director of the College of Veterinary Science, the deputy rector responsible for scientific affairs the postgraduate training and international relations of the University of Veterinary Science.

He was the rector of our university in two periods (1973-1978 and 1983-1990).

 “We unveil his sculpture today to express our honour and respect to the most significant member of the veterinarian society. It is important to keep his memory in bronze.” – emphasised Dr. Péter Sótonyi in his speech.

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