AUBURN – The Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine will host its 32nd annual open house on Saturday, April 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its campus on Wire Road. The free public event will feature college tours and scientific displays, a dog agility course, sheep-herding dogs, Teddy Bear surgery, a parade of breeds of dogs and horses, birds of prey from the Southeastern Raptor Center and many other attractions.
High school and college students can talk with counselors about courses for a future career in veterinary medicine. A presentation on “So You Want to Be a Veterinarian?” at 10:30 a.m. includes information about admission as well as career opportunities.
Boy Scouts will have an opportunity to work on veterinary medicine and dog care merit badges and Cub Scouts can receive a certificate in wilderness conservation. Scouts should bring their Merit Badge Blue Card and arrive by 10 a.m. to complete the required activities.
Other family activities include presentations and lectures by faculty and students on disaster preparedness, puppy and kitty basics and radiography. During a scavenger hunt, children can explore exhibits around the college.
The veterinary program at Auburn University, continuous since 1892, 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) 844-2497.
(Submitted by Tara Lanier.)