College of Veterinary Medicine open house to showcase college and feature family activities

Teddy Bear surgeryAUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine will hold its annual open house Saturday, March 29, opening its facilities to the public to showcase the South’s oldest college of veterinary medicine and provide information about careers in the field.

The free student-organized event, from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., will feature a variety of educational and fun activities for all ages on the college’s campus at 1130 Wire Road.

Two special sessions will be given for those interested in the field of veterinary medicine. A 9 a.m. session is for first-year students entering the Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine – the class of 2018. A 10:30 a.m. general session will cover admission requirements and career opportunities. Dr. Dan Givens, associate dean for Academic Affairs, will lead both presentations in Overton Educational Wing.

Family activities include the popular Teddy Bear Surgery, where children will help veterinary students practice their surgical skills; a paleontology dig where they will search through sand to find bones; a petting zoo with livestock such as goats, lambs and llamas; a showcase of exotic animals such as snakes and lizards; a bovine and equine display of breeds; and a Canine Parade of Breeds.

Open House attendees will be able to tour the Wilford and Kate Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital which opened in late February, with tours beginning at 9 a.m. and the last one departing at noon. For the first time, the public will be able to see both the Auburn University Veterinary Clinic as well as most of the special services areas inside the Bailey Teaching Hospital, such as oncology, radiology, surgery, ICU and physical therapy.

Tours also will be given of the anatomy, histology and pathology laboratories. Educational exhibits will include animal skeletons and radiology and ultrasound demonstrations.

Boy Scout troops can earn the veterinary medicine merit badge by attending and answering questions about what they learn at Open House.

Attendees are requested to leave pets at home.

(Written by Janet McCoy.)

Contact: Janet McCoy, College of Veterinary Medicine, (334) 844-3698 (,
Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (