Registration for Vet School Open House 2017 will begin in
December 2016. Please check back!
How do I register my Girl Scout for Open House?
Registration will be through a lottery system this year, so
everyone will be able to register starting on Dec. 12th, 2014 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, 2014 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
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.
How much does it cost?
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.
What if I get registered and then find out I can't come?
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.
What badge does my Girl Scout earn?
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
What special benefits do Girl Scouts receive by registering?
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
What should I bring to Open House?
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
How do I get to College Station, TX?
Where do I park?
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!
What is Teddy Bear Surgery?
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!!!
What can I do at Open House?
Keep checking back on the Open House website for more
Can I purchase any souvenirs?
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
My daughter/scout is interested in vet school. How can she find
out more about the requirements?
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!
Can I bring other family members?
Yes! However, we will only have room in the presentation and
Teddy Bear Surgery for registered girl scouts and their