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Open House

This Saturday will be the 19th Annual Open House here at the College of Veterinary Medicine!  Every year, the student body and staff come together and open up the veterinary school to the public.  The day will be full of educational (and fun!) displays and lots of demonstrations with live animals.  This event is an excellent opportunity to educate the public about our profession.  Many hours of planning and preparation are required to make this event a success.  While it takes a lot of hard work, it is well worth it when you see the kids (and parents too!) enjoying the experience.  I never attended Open House as a kid.  I actually had very little exposure to veterinary medicine until college, but it's really cool to hear classmates talk about attending Open House as kids and then seeing them as students now.  I sincerely hope that everyone who attends learns more about our treasured profession.  I hope that many also experience that spark that sets them off on a path to one day be the next generation of students at Texas A & M.

If you make it out to Open House this year, be sure to check out the newly renovated Parasitology Room!  A group of students received a grant from the Student American Veterinary Medical Association to give the room a One Health spin.  One Health is the promotion of a union between human and animal health.  Both fields can benefit greatly from one another.  The Parasitology Room will focus on vector borne diseases, which are diseases that are transferred to both humans and animals through vectors.  In this case, the vectors happen to be bugs!  So be sure to come learn more about how bugs help spread diseases and how you can protect both yourself and your furry friends!