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College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Illinois
3225 Vet. Med. Basic Sciences Bldg.
2001 S. Lincoln Ave.
Urbana, IL 61802
September 1, 2011

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October 2 Vet Med Open House Highlights World Veterinary Year

URBANA - On Sunday, October 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., more than 300 University of Illinois veterinary students will host the annual Vet Med Open House, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the state's only veterinary college and its Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

More than 40 exhibits and demonstrations will illustrate the many aspects of veterinary education and practice, with lots of animals and animal-related activities for young and old. New to this year's program will be demonstrations of the work that service dogs do, presented by a University of Illinois student organization that trains these dogs. Open House is free; registration is not required. Free parking is available in Lot F-27 at 2001 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana. For a list of exhibits and directions, see Please note that this event is for human visitors only. The public may not bring their animals to Open House.

Visitors may step inside the Clinical Skills Learning Center, a key component of the new Illinois Integrated Veterinary Professional Curriculum offered by the College of Veterinary Medicine. This new facility supports the curricular changes by providing a low-pressure environment for students to master clinical techniques in surgery, imaging, emergency medicine, and other areas using animal manikins, simulations, and state-of-the-art teaching equipment, including a life-size model horse used to teach equine anatomy and large animal imaging techniques. Photos of the facility are online at

Prospective veterinarians are encouraged to attend Open House. There will be a career talk at 11 a.m. to demystify the path to becoming a veterinarian and offer details about the Illinois Integrated Veterinary Professional Curriculum and the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree program. Please note, this year there will be only one career talk.

This year's theme celebrates International World Veterinary Year. The world's first veterinary school was founded 250 years ago in 1761 in Lyon, France. The veterinarian behind this effort was also the first scientist to suggest that studying animal biology and pathology would improve our understanding of human biology and pathology.

While most people associate veterinary medicine with routine health care for dogs and cats, the profession offers a whole world of career options, all with one focus: improving life for people. Activities of the veterinary medical profession benefit every person in the state, either directly--by providing care to companion animals and livestock--or indirectly through work in medical research, public health, food safety, disease surveillance, environmental health promotion, and many other areas.