Exactly 70 years ago, Act No. 1/1950 Sb. n. SNR of 16 December 1949 established the Veterinary College in Košice, nowadays University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy. From 3 October 1949, 105 people began to study, including one woman. The first rector was appointed Prof. DVM Ján Hovorka.
The University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Košice commemorates 70 years of existence throughout the year. On Monday, December 16, 2019, a gallery of artistic portraits of emeritus rectors was unveiled in the Rector's boardroom. The paintings of eight rectors and deans were created by academic painter Stanislav Bubán.
Oil paintings are Prof. DVM Ján Hovorka (Rector 1949 - 1952), prof. DVM Tomáš Gdovin (dean 1952 - 1959), Prof. DVM Jaroslav Otto Vrtiak (dean 1959 - 1963, rector 1972 - 1988), prof. DVM. Ján Lazar (Dean 1963 - 1969, Rector 1969 - 1972), Prof. DVM. Frantisek Lešnik, DrSc. (Rector 1988-1989), Dr. h. c. prof. DVM Dušan Magic, PhD. (Rector 1990-1991, 1997-2000), Dr. h. c. prof. DVM Rudolf Cabadaj, PhD. (Rector 1991 - 1997, 2000 - 2007) and prof. DVM Emil Pilipcinec, PhD. (Rector 2007 - 2011, 2011 - 2015). Thus, the portrait gallery, following the example of large European universities, documents the personalities who moved this unique educational institution over seven decades.