Attend Vet Med Open House on October 2

Sep 14, 2016 / General Care / Birds / Cats / Dogs / Exotics / Farm Animals / Horses / Wildlife

[Vet Med Open House cow milking]

On Sunday, October 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., more than 350 veterinary students will host a behind-the-scenes look at the state’s only veterinary college. From prospective veterinarians to anyone fascinated by animals, everyone will find something of interest at the University of Illinois veterinary college Open House.

[child touches horse painted with skeleton]

Visualize the skeleton of a horse at the equine orthopedics booth.

The event offers more than 40 fun and educational exhibits and hands-on demonstrations. There will be lots of animals and animal-related activities for young and old. Among the animals will be cows, horses, dogs, geckos, snakes, bunnies, cats, sheep, goats, and birds of prey.

Visitors can milk a cow and see an “illustrated” horse, painted to reveal where the bones on the inside are. Live demonstrations will include the Illini Service Dogs, a horse-shoeing demonstration, and a demonstration about dog obedience.

The college’s innovative Clinical Skills Learning Center will be open to showcase the animal manikins, simulations, and state-of-the-art teaching equipment, including a life-size model horse, used to teach skills in imaging, emergency medicine, and other areas.

Prospective veterinarians are encouraged to attend Open House. Admissions talks will demystify the path to becoming a veterinarian and offer details about the unique Illinois curriculum and the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree program. A panel of alumni of the college working in a variety of practice areas will showcase the diverse career options for veterinarians.

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.

[a child holds her stuffed toy that has been repaired]

“Teddy Bear Repair” in the kids’ tent at Vet Med Open House gives kids a chance to see veterinary students “operate” on pretend animal patients.

Returning this year is “Teddy Bear Repair.” Kids are encouraged to bring their slightly injured stuffed animal toys, and veterinary students will patch the toys up, free of charge. The kids’ tent will also have a station where kids can gown up in surgical attire to become a doctor for the day.

The event is free; registration is not required. Free parking is available in Lot F-27 at 2001 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana, at the College of Veterinary Medicine. For a list of exhibits and directions, see

Please note that the event is for human visitors only.