March 20, 2010 9:19:00 PM
Students at Mississippi State University''s College of Veterinary Medicine will welcome thousands of school children and other visitors to campus on the second weekend in April.
MSU''s College of Veterinary Medicine will open its doors from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. April 9 and from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. April 10 for the 26th annual open house. "Treat Them All, Big and Small" is the theme for this year''s event at the Wise Center, located on the south side of campus off Spring Street.
Cody Swilley, open house chairman and president of MSU''s Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association, said people of all ages will enjoy the demonstrations and exhibits.
"Older students often take the opportunity to talk to veterinary students and faculty about career paths. They can ask questions about CVM admission procedures, the course work and the field of veterinary medicine in general," Swilley said. "Younger students enjoy seeing a variety of animals and demonstrations. The petting zoo always has some common animals, and the animal show allows veterinary students to show off some of their unique and exotic pets."
Swilley said the annual event gives everyone a chance to see what MSU''s College of Veterinary Medicine is all about. Younger crowds and the general public can see animal demonstrations and learn about important animal topics. It gives students who are interested in becoming veterinarians the chance to see the type of education they can get at MSU.
The canine agility demonstration provides learning opportunities for anyone interested in behavior training at home or for competitive purposes.
The steer with a hole in its side, often called the Holey Cow, is a fun way for students to learn about the digestive tract of ruminants. The poultry science department will have baby chick incubation and hatching displays.
Additional programs scheduled include the Frisbee Dog Competition and other outdoor events, a show with a wide variety of animals, informative posters and tours of the animal hospital and classrooms.
Admission is free. For more information, call the CVM Office of Outreach and External Affairs at 662-325-1103.