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Scout registration for Open House 2015 is now closed.

Registration closed December 19, 2014 at 5PM. The time your troop is registered does not affect your priority in the lottery

 

Registration for 2015 will run from December 12th-19th.

If you are not selected or if you missed this year's registration, you are still welcome and encouraged to visit Vet School Open House! We would be thrilled to welcome you and your family! Please visit our other pages for event details and updates. Thank you for supporting Open House!

Please check the links below for answers to some frequently asked questions.

Q: How do I register for my girl scout for Open House?
Q: How much does it cost?
Q: What if I get registered and then find out I can't come?
Q: What badge does my girl scout earn?
Q: What special benefits do girl scouts receive by registering?
Q: What should I bring to Open House?
Q: How do I get to College Station, TX?
Q: Where do I park?
Q: What is Teddy Bear Surgery?
Q: What can I do at Open House?
Q: Can I purchase any souvenirs?
Q: My daughter/scout is interested in vet school. How can she find out more about the requirements?
Q: Can I bring other family members?




Q: How do I register my girl scout for Open House?

A: Registration will be through a lottery system this year, so everyone will be able to register starting on Dec. 12nd at 9am. Please keep in mind that this is a lottery, so it does not matter when you register, as long as you do it before closing on Dec. 19th at 5pm. We will inform the selected troops within 2-3wks of registration closing. The link to the registration site will be posted soon. If you do not register through the official Vet School Open House site you will not be included in the lottery drawing!

You will need to have on hand: contact information for the troop leader/parent responsible and number of girls that you want to register. If registration is full and you are not chosen through the lottery system, you will be placed on the alternate list.


Q: How much does it cost?

A: Registration costs includes a classification-specific badge as well as a commemorative badge. Commemorative patches may be available for an extra fee in the gift shop. This event is entirely run by volunteers and is non-profit, so we are unable to waive the fee for anyone. Information on how much to pay will be sent in an email confirming your registration.


Q: What if I get registered and then find out I can't come?

A: Notify us IMMEDIATELY if you realize you cannot come and will need to give up your registered spot. If you realize you will not be able to come after the payment deadline we will NOT issue a refund for your registration fee. We have to order badges early and as a non-profit event run by volunteers we cannot absorb the costs of those badges not needed in the case an alternate does not fill your spot. Cancellation before the deadline will allow us to refund your registration fee if paid.


Q: What badge does my girl scout earn?

A: Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes can earn the Veterinary Science badge which has been custom designed by the Open House staff. Information regarding badge requirements will be provided in your welcome packet on the day of Open house. To purchase additional commemorative patches, please visit the Open House gift shop.


Q: What special benefits do girl scouts receive by registering?

A: Registered girl scouts will be able to earn the Veterinary Science badge at the discretion of their troop leader. Girl scouts will have a special presentation given by a faculty member/veterinarian. Girl Scouts will have a self-guided tour to complete to fulfill the badge requirements. Due to space and time restrictions, a subset of girls will be randomly selected to participate in Teddy Bear Surgery priority. All other girls are welcome to participate in the Teddy Bear Surgery event with the general public.


Q: What should I bring to Open House?

A: Leaders should bring cell phones or walkie talkies, a first-aid kit, and emergency contact information for each girl. We recommend a leader:girl ratio of at least 1:5. Each girl should wear her girl scout uniform as there will be 10,000+ people attending this event and it is much easier to find one another if girls are in uniform. Each girl should also bring sunscreen, a water bottle, a clipboard, comfortable shoes, money (cash is best) for drinks and snacks (a concessions stand that benefits the first year veterinary class will be available all day), a teddy bear or other stuffed animal, and a pencil or pen. A camera would also be a good idea. Souvenirs are also available throughout the day, and proceeds benefit veterinary student organizations. See the Open House website for a sneak preview! Many events are outside, so be prepared for the elements.


Q: How do I get to College Station, TX?

A: Visit our maps and directions page.


Q: Where do I park?

A: Parking maps will be available online and signs directing you to Open House reserved lots will be in place on the day of the event. Please pay attention to where you park because it is a university and campus police will ticket or tow you if you are parked in a permit-only lot without a permit. It can take up to 10 minutes to walk to the vet school from the lots, so give yourself plenty of time to arrive on time!


Q: What is Teddy Bear Surgery?

A: Teddy Bear Surgery is always a favorite with Open House attendees. Participants will don a gown, mask, gloves, caps, and shoe covers and enter a real surgery suite to perform surgery on a stuffed animal of their choice (it is highly suggested that girls bring their own stuffed animal). The "surgeons" decide what procedure will be performed and are assisted by veterinary student surgeons. A randomly selected subset of girls will be assigned a time for Teddy Bear surgery. Please be on time! This is a very popular event, and if your group does not make their scheduled time, they will have to wait in the public line, which can be hours long! No exceptions!!!


Q: What can I do at Open House?

A: Keep checking back on the Open House website for more information!


Q: Can I purchase any souvenirs?

A: A student-run store will be available with vet school memorabilia. You can make your purchases by cash, check, or credit card the day of the event. While we will take credit cards in the gift shop, if you have cash or check you will move through the line MUCH quicker.


Q: My daughter/scout is interested in vet school. How can she find out more about the requirements?

A: That's what Vet School Open House is all about! There will be a vet school Q&A and a vet student panel the day of the event. Also, this is an event put on entirely by vet students to educate people about what veterinary medicine is all about. Find someone in a green t-shirt and ask away, we love to talk about vet school!


Q: Can I bring other family members?

A: Yes! However, we will only have room in the presentation and Teddy Bear Surgery for registered girl scouts and their leaders.


Don't see your question answered? Email us at girlscouts@cvm.tamu.edu and we will do our best to help you out. Please be patient for a response as we are students and do have exams and other assignments to complete in addition to this event. Thanks so much for your interest and we look forward to seeing you on April 25, 2015!