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Annual Open House

Free and open to all!

March 19, 2022

10 a.m. — 3 p.m.

In-person on the VA-MD Vet Med campus

Take a tour

Exclusive access to the college's behind-the-scenes facilities and Veterinary Teaching Hospital!

Led by students, tours in groups of ten leave every 15 minutes starting at 10 a.m.

Preregistration for tours is now closed.

Walk-up tours will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis at the 45-minute mark of every hour.
On the day of Open House, please visit a registration table to sign up for a walk-up tour.

Explore the Future of the Veterinary College

Join the #VTHBandanaWagon . . . and meet our dean on the day of Open House.

SCHEdule of Events

All-day activities, lectures, demonstrations, merchandise sales, and club booths!

The college encourages attendees to bring dog and cat food, litter, and toy donations that will be collected at the event and donated to local animal shelters in the New River Valley.

MARYLAND VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
VMIA
Learn about the MVMA.

CLINICAL TRIALS
VMIA
Learn about VA-MD Vet Med's ongoing clinical trials.

THERAPY DOGS
VMIA
Meet Virginia Tech's own therapy dogs and discover how they help students.

MATCH THE MOOD!
VMIA
Try your hand at matching images with the "mood" of the animal for a chance to win a prize.

SCAVENGER HUNT
VMIA
Take part in an all-day scavenger hunt and win a prize upon completion.

LEARN ABOUT VETERINARY TEACHING HOSPITAL EXPANSION
The Commons
Join the #VTHBandanaWagon! Grab a bandana for your pet while learning about our goal to expand the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

TEDDY BEAR REPAIR
Grove Tent 2
Members of the Class of 2023 will demonstrate their surgical expertise by repairing your stuffed animal. Bring your own stuffed animal or adopt a new one!

FUTURE SURGEON PHOTO BOOTH
Grove Tent 2
"Scrub in" for the Teddy Bear Repair Clinic and pose as a surgeon in photos!
VMCVM Surgery Club

CLINICAL SKILLS LABORATORY
Skills Lab and MDL 1
Come and learn what skills veterinarians need to master. We have hands-on models and even our version of an operation game!

IT'S A SMALL WORLD
MDL 2
Learn about the world of bacteria, fungi, and cells. Hands-on demonstrations include the use of microscopes to view exciting samples, interactive models, and an at-home DNA-extraction method.
Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences Graduate Student Association  

STUFFED PUPPY ADOPTION
Grove Tent 3
Adopt a new friend to take home and learn how to care for your new puppy. Theriogenology Club

LIVE PAINTED HORSE
Large Animal Lot
See internal anatomy painted on live horses!
DVM Class of 2024 and American Association of Equine Practitioners

FLEECE BLANKET-MAKING
Grove Tent 1
Students will be making fleece tie blankets that will be donated to local shelters. Visitors can participate in the blanket-making and then take their blanket home if they wish. Otherwise, all blankets made by visitors will be included with the shelter donations.
TruPanion, Omega Tau Sigma, and Companion Animal Club

VETS OF ALL COLORS
Classroom 121
Learn about the importance of diversity and inclusion in veterinary medicine.
VOICE (Veterinarians as One for an Inclusive Community for Empowerment)

EXOTIC PET SHOW and TELL
Classroom 129
See live exotic pet species owned by members of the Public Veterinary Practice Club.

DISPLAY OF VMCVM'S FINEST ODDITIES
Clasroom 121
View a display of submitted specimens from the school's anatomists, pathologists, and parasitologists.
Pathology Club

MERCHANDISE SALES
Waterfall Room
Purchase college souvenirs and support our student organizations.

VETERINARY MEDICINE LIBRARY
Library
Come and see the 3D printer and interactive technology that help our students learn about the latest information in animal and human health.

MILK A COW
Large Animal Lot
Meet Princess Diana, our high-delity bovine model. Participants will be able to try their hand at getting a milk sample!
Food Animal Practitioners Club

10 a.m.
WHY THEY COLIC: EQUINE GUT ANATOMY
Classroom 100
Dr. Bonnie Smith will explain how the gut anatomy of horses predisposes them to colic.

10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
BEHIND THE SCENES: HOW FOOD ANIMAL VETERINARIANS KEEP YOUR FOOD SAFE AND WHOLESOME
Classroom 102
Dr. Sierra Guynn teaches about food labeling and what food animal veterinarians do to help keep meat and milk safe and wholesome to eat and drink.

11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
APPLYING TO VETERINARY SCHOOL: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Classroom 100
A member of our admissions team will debunk common misinformation about being a competitive DVM applicant and will share the steps for applying to our DVM program.
(Intended for prospective students who are in high school or older)

12 p.m.
NO HOOF, NO HORSE
Classroom 102
Dr. Fawzy Elnady will explain the importance of hoof health in horses.

1 p.m.
TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE
Classroom 102
Dr. Audrey Ruple will discuss the similarities between humans and animals and how we can increase our knowledge about health and disease in both species through companion animal research.

2 p.m.
HEALTHY ANIMALS, HEALTHY PEOPLE
Classroom 100
Did you know that veterinarians are public health practitioners? Dr. Laura Hungerford will explain veterinarians' roles in public health.

12 p.m.
MEET DEAN GIVENS
The Commons
Meet and greet with the opporunity to learn about the future of the college from Dr. M. Daniel Givens, our dean.

11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m.
SMALL ANIMAL ULTRASOUND
Seminar Room 2
Ultrasound is an imaging method that uses sound waves instead of radiation. When sound waves enter the body, reflections occur at tissue interfaces and are received by the transducer (probe). All together, these reflections create real-time images visible on the machine monitor. Come see for yourself!
Radiology

11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
VIRGINIA TECH POLICE K-9 UNIT
Grove Tent 3
See a demonstration of one of Virginia Tech's very own police dogs with officer Reece.

12 p.m.
MEET THE HOKIEBIRD!
Meet the HokieBird in Grove Tent 3 at noon and then around the grove.
Grove Tent 3

All Day
ANIMAL MICROBIOME
Classroom 125A
This demonstration will examine the role of the intestinal microbiome in animal health. Microbes play an important part in maintaining intestinal health, but for some animals, microbes contribute to their ability to digest food, which is particularly true for ruminants. Other animals, such as horses and birds, use microbes to help them capture additional nutrients from food.
Dr. Margie Lee, Dr. Tessa LeCuyer, and Dr. Jennie Hodgson

10 a.m.
PET FIRST AID
MDL 3b
This lecture, followed by a hands-on experience, will help you understand pet first aid.
Dr. Bobbi Connor

College Map

College Map

Enjoy local food!

Dining options will include food from Hethwood Market, Bootleg BBQ, and Grandpa Ike’s Mini Donuts in the college’s front parking lot.

Safety Measures

Social distancing is recommended.
Indoor and outdoor activities are planned. Flexible seating is available.
Please do not attend if you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.

As of August 10, 2021, Virginia Tech will require masks for indoor public spaces, regardless of vaccination status. Currently, there is  no requirement for masks in outdoor settings. This policy aligns Virginia Tech with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Learn more about this requirement.