Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences to Host 21st Annual Open House

The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) will be hosting its 21st annual Open House on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Open House is an exciting, student-run event where the public can explore one of the nation’s top veterinary schools inside and out.  The Texas A&M University veterinary medical students enjoy the opportunity to sponsor an event that provides the public an educational and entertaining experience that emphasizes the roles veterinarians and animals play in our society.

Open House features exciting indoor and outdoor exhibits, a variety of hands-on events, and tours of several areas in both the large and small animal hospitals that otherwise are inaccessible to the public.

Visitors to the Small Animal Hospital have the opportunity to observe live spay and neuter surgeries and explore specialty rooms such as cardiology, oncology, and zoological medicine.  Veterinary students will answer questions about specimens in the pathology, parasitology, and anatomy rooms.

One of Open House’s most popular events is Teddy Bear Surgery, where children can experience veterinary medicine first-hand by entering a real operating room and performing surgery on their favorite stuffed animal.

New to Open House this year will be demonstrations by the Bryan Police Department canines, search and rescue demonstrations, and presentations by representatives from the Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team.

Children will be thrilled to learn about various breeds of dogs at the dog exhibit and will experience exotic animals as part of this year’s “Zoomagination” animal encounters. The Texas A&M Polo Team will also be putting on an exhibit in the outdoor arena, and the whole family can visit the outdoor petting zoo and watch a farrier make horseshoes.

Indoor events include observing an ultrasound in the large animal hospital, and learning how x-rays are made. Informational events include exhibits by animal-related organizations from throughout the state and a variety of talks given by veterinarians.  Previous topics have included “A Day in the Life of…” and “What should I feed my pet?”  Prospective veterinary students will also have the opportunity to attend Q&A; sessions with both admissions committee members and current veterinary students.

Open House is FREE, welcomes people of all ages, and does not require registration. The veterinary students of Texas A&M University invite you to attend this fun and unique event. There is so much to do and something for everyone at Open House, so bring your family and friends. See the Open House website for schedules, maps, and more!  Visit the Vet School on March 29, 2014 for an animal-filled day of fun!

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