Texas A&M CVM Annual Veterinary School Open House Canceled Due to COVID-19 Concerns

Message from the Open House Directors

It is with heavy hearts that we must announce the cancellation of our 27th Annual Veterinary School Open House. After consulting with the administrators at Texas A&M University and the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), the Open House Directors have decided the best way to serve the community and protect public health is to cancel the 2020 Veterinary School Open House. We are so thankful for the hard work and support that went into planning everything and appreciate everyone’s understanding. We sincerely hope you will be able to join us next year!

—Tori Chambers & Stephanie Hill, 2020 Directors, Class of 2021 (March 13, 2020)


A middle school-aged student and veterinary student perform teddy bear surgery
Teddy bear surgery at the 2019 Veterinary School Open House

Originally Posted February 20, 2020

Story by Megan Myers

As veterinary students prepare for the 27th annual Veterinary School Open House at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), anticipation is building among local animal lovers of all ages.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, members of the public will be welcomed into the CVM’s Veterinary & Biomedical Education Complex (VBEC), Small Animal Hospital (SAH), and Large Animal Hospital (LAH) for a fun day of free activities.

Along with the chance to meet 50 different species of animals, Open House attendees can expect many unique experiences, including teddy bear surgery, Bryan police dog demonstrations, and a visit from the Houston Mounted Patrol.

In the main hall of the VBEC’s VENI Building, groups including the Winnie Carter Wildlife Center, the Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation (TVMF), and the student organization Aggies Fostering Hope will be hosting informational booths to introduce the public to their causes.

This hall will also feature animal-themed artwork by children and teens in kindergarten through 12th grade from across the country.

The Reptile Room at the 2019 Veterinary School Open House full of people and reptile tanks
The Reptile Room at the 2019 Veterinary School Open House

Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet and take photos with the First Lady of Aggieland, Miss Reveille.

Throughout the day, visitors can learn about some of the many hospital services and innovative treatments offered to patients of the Texas A&M Small and Large Animal Hospitals during educational tours and demonstrations, all organized and run by veterinary student volunteers.

The SAH will offer three tour options, for which guests can pre-register. Though pre-registration is not required, it is recommended, as the spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. To pre-register for a tour, email OHSAHCoordinators@cvm.tamu.edu with a name, the number of adults/children in the group, and what time the group would like to tour.

Walk ups will also be welcome for both the SAH and LAH tours, with spots being filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

A tour group views x-ray images at the Small Animal Hospital
A tour group visits the Small Animal Hospital during the 2019 Veterinary School Open House

The first Veterinary School Open House was held in 1993 and has grown to serve an average of 8,000 attendees each year. Open House relies solely on volunteer efforts and is made possible by the planning of a team of dedicated student officers.

“More than 80 veterinary students work year-round to coordinate all of the different exhibits and demonstrations for this one exciting day,” said Open House co-director Stephanie Hill, a third-year veterinary student. “It is truly a collaborative effort that wouldn’t be possible without the passion our classmates have for our profession and for giving back to the next generation of Aggie veterinarians.”

“We love this event, as we get to connect with our community and show them why we love veterinary medicine and this college,” said Tori Chambers, Open House co-director and third-year veterinary student.

From a puppy kissing booth to a veterinary student Q&A, the Veterinary School Open House has something to offer for everyone.

For more information about the event, including frequently asked questions, visit vetmed.tamu.edu/openhouse, or follow the event on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates and announcements.

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Contact Information: Jennifer Gauntt, Director of Communications, Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences; jgauntt@cvm.tamu.edu; 979-862-4216