AUBURN – The Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine will host its annual open house Saturday, April 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its campus on Wire Road. The free public event will feature college tours, scientific displays, educational demonstrations and a variety of activities for families and children.
High school and college students can talk with counselors about courses for a future career in veterinary medicine. A presentation at 10:30 a.m. in Overton Auditorium includes information about admission as well as career opportunities.
Educational demonstrations will include ultrasound, radiographs and CPR. Scientific exhibits will feature anatomy, fleas and other parasites, the aging horse, a surgical room, exotic pets and an ambulatory truck.
For families and children, activities will include a Teddy Bear surgery, a paleontology dig, a petting zoo, a parade of breeds of dogs, a display of birds of prey from the Southeastern Raptor Center and displays of equine and bovine breeds. A scavenger hunt will help children learn as they explore exhibits around the college. Attendees are requested to leave pets at home.
In December, the college broke ground on a new small animal teaching hospital and educational wing. Open house visitors will be able to see a display showcasing plans for the new buildings.
A continuous program since 1892, the veterinary program at Auburn University is the oldest in the South and the seventh oldest in the nation. For more information on the open house, go to http://www.vetmed.auburn.edu/, or call (334) 844-2685.