Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine hosting Open House April 16

Published: April 06, 2016
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Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine will host its Open House April 16 from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., marking more than 30 years the annual event has showcased the variety of educational opportunities offered through the veterinary medical profession.

The free, public event features a variety of educational and fun activities for all ages on the college's campus, located at 1130 Wire Road.

"Open House is a fun-filled, educational day that allows people to see what Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine is all about and the exciting opportunities open to those who aspire to become a veterinarian," said Megan Hataway, one of two student coordinators for the event, and a second-year student from Enterprise.

"Open House is a student-run event that gives our students an opportunity to show what they have learned to both potential veterinary students as well those interested in what we do here," said Dr. Ray Wilhite, laboratory coordinator for the college's Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology. "As an educator, seeing the veterinary students interact with the public and tell about veterinary medicine is rewarding."

"Student involvement is important for the open house because it allows the veterinary students to share the love of their college with others," said Heather Darnall, a second-year student from Brandenburg, Kentucky, and the other student coordinator for Open House. "It is very rewarding to be able to inform the people what the College of Veterinary Medicine really is all about and how much we truly care about our community."

Attendees will have the opportunity to take self-guided tours through the Wilford and Kate Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital. Veterinary students will be available to answer questions and to point out exhibits of interest during the tour.

Programs featured during the day include the Canine Display of Breeds at 10:15 a.m.; a Southeastern Raptor Center educational program at noon; and a detector dog demonstration by Canine Performance Sciences at 1 p.m.

Other activities will run from 8:30 a.m. until noon and include Teddy Bear Surgery, where children can help veterinary students practice their surgical skills by repairing stuffed animals – bring your own – on the second floor of the Veterinary Education Center; a petting zoo; a showcase of exotic animals; an equine display of breeds; and a paleontology dig.

Members of the incoming Class of 2020 and their families are invited to meet in Overton auditorium of the Veterinary Education Center at 9 a.m. for an orientation with staff from the Office of Academic Affairs.

Prospective students who have an interest in veterinary medicine will have the opportunity to attend a presentation to learn more about the profession, including career opportunities and admission requirements. The presentation is open to the public and will be held at 10:30 a.m. in Overton auditorium located in the Veterinary Education Center.

Maps will be distributed at the event with specific locations and program times. Attendees are requested to leave pets at home.

The college is using the hashtag #AUVetOpenHouse on social media to keep the conversation going.