Dr. Ordella Geisler administers a shot to a tense patient in 1983. According to The World-Herald, when Geisler wanted to study veterinary medicine during World War II, one college turned her down and another accepted her with some hesitation. “Girls get married,” she said college officials told her. “And then they don’t practice.” But as Nebraska’s first female veterinarian she practiced for 36 years, retiring in December 1983. THE WORLD-HERALD

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