Teddy Bear Surgery, Frisbee Dogs To Highlight Vet School Open House Saturday
Posted April 04, 2006
COLLEGE STATION, April 4, 2006 - Parents who have a child who
loves animals or ever wondered what a veterinarian does - and
everyone else - are invited to attend Texas A&M University's
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences 13th
Annual Open House on Saturday, April 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00
This free event is designed to educate the public about the
roles of veterinarians in society.
"The open house is a great way for the public to see our
facilities and see what we do everyday," says Staci Carter,
executive director of the event and a 3rd year veterinary medicine
student. "We completely open up the veterinary school and hospitals
so the public can walk around and learn more about the veterinary
The college will be offering a variety of activities for people
of all ages and interests. Some of the activities planned are
self-guided tours of the small and large animal hospitals, a
petting zoo, pictures with Reveille, Teddy Bear Surgery, Snake
Encounters, world champion Frisbee dogs, a dairy cow milking
demonstration and many other interesting and exciting events.
"Our most popular event is Teddy Bear Surgery where children
from all ages are given the opportunity to simulate real surgery by
bandaging or suturing a loved-on teddy," says Carter. "We set up
everything just like we would for a regular surgery and it's a lot
of fun for everybody."
Educating the public about animal care and safety is another
goal of the open house. Many organizations will be present to
provide information to the public, says Carter. Animal interest
groups from around the state such as Woodstock Animal Foundation,
the Brazos Valley Animal Shelter, wildlife rehabilitation groups
and search and rescue organizations will be available to answer
questions. There will also be several exhibits geared to promote
responsible animal care in areas such as heartworm disease,
dentistry, dermatology and geriatric care.
About 8,000 people attended last year's open house and Carter
expects possibly 10,000 people this year. "I'm surprised at how far
the interest extends from our local community," she says. "We
receive e-mails from all over the state from people who are excited
to come to this event."
"If you love animals and love to have fun, this is the event for
you," adds Carter. "We like to think of it as a little gift we give
to our local community and state." For more information visit
www.cvm.tamu.edu/openhouse or call (979) 845-5051.
Angela G. Clendenin
Director, Communications & Public Relations
Ofc - (979) 862-2675
Cell - (979) 739-5718
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