The Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) will be hosting its 21st annual Open House on Saturday, March 29. The event was established in 1993 and is a student-run event where the public can explore one of the nation’s top veterinary schools.
The Open House features a wide range of exhibits both indoors and outdoors, including demonstrations by various animal groups, a variety of hands-on events, and guided tours through both the small and large animal hospitals at the school. The public will get a firsthand look behind the scenes of Texas A&M’s premiere veterinary school as the students enjoy the opportunity to sponsor an event that provides the public with an educational and entertaining experience that emphasizes the roles veterinarians and animals play in our society.
One of the Open House’s most popular events is “Teddy Bear Surgery,” where children can experience veterinary medicine firsthand by entering a real operating room and performing surgery on their favorite stuffed animal.
Visitors to the Small Animal Hospital have the opportunity to observe live spay and neuter surgeries and explore specialty rooms such as cardiology, oncology, and zoological medicine. Veterinary students will answer questions about specimens in the pathology, parasitology, and anatomy rooms.
This year demonstrations will be put on by the Bryan Police Department canines, search and rescue demonstrations, and presentations by representatives from the Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team.
The Vet School Open House features a dog exhibition where visitors can learn about various breeds of dogs and experience exotic animals as part of this year’s “Zoomagination” animal encounters. The event will also have an outdoor petting zoo, a reptile room with hundreds of scaly animal,s and an opportunity for the public to watch a farrier make horseshoes.
Indoor events include observing an ultrasound in the large animal hospital, and learning how X-rays are made. Informational events include exhibits by animal-related organizations from throughout the state and a variety of talks given by veterinarians.
The Open House is free, open to the public and a wonderful opportunity to see and learn about all the different aspects of veterinary medicine. There’s no registration required, and the event runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.