AUBURN – The Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine will host its annual open house Saturday, April 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free, student-organized event shares information about careers in veterinary medicine and activities about the college.
The open house will feature a variety of fun and educational activities for all ages on the college campus at 1130 Wire Road. High school and college students can talk with counselors about selecting courses for a future in veterinary medicine throughout the day. A special session at 10:30 a.m. in the new Overton-Goodwin Educational Wing covers admission requirements and career opportunities.
A canine parade of breeds begins at 10 a.m. An explosives detection dog demonstration is scheduled for 1 p.m. During the popular Teddy Bear Surgery, children can help veterinary students practice their surgical skills. A scavenger hunt helps children learn as they explore exhibits around the college.
Other family activities include a bovine and equine display of breeds, exotic animals and pocket pets, birds of prey from the Southeastern Raptor Center, face painting and a paleodig. Educational demonstrations include ultrasound, radiographs, pathology and an anatomy lab.
Attendees are requested to leave pets at home.
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 about the open house, go to the website at http://www.vetmed.auburn.edu/open-house, or call (334) 844-2685.