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Have a World of Fun at Vet Med Open House!

This article was originally published on September 13, 2011 and expired on October 3, 2011. It is provided here for archival purposes and may contain dated information.

Visitors are invited to explore the world of veterinary medicine during "World Veterinary Year" at the annual University of Illinois Vet Med Open House on October 2 from 10 am to 4 pm.

People all over the world speak different languages; and so do their animals. If you are Finnish, your dog may say "ouah ouah" instead of "woof woof." Or perhaps your cat is trying to tell you it is Japanese when it says "nyan nyan" instead of "meow."

Whatever their language, animals all over the world need medical care, and fortunately there are veterinarians world-wide to provide it.

The year 2011 has been designated "World Veterinary Year" to mark the 250th anniversary of the founding, in Lyon, France, of the first veterinary school. The only veterinary school in the state of Illinois, the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana, Ill., opens its doors each year to provide a behind-the-scenes look at all aspects of veterinary medicine.

Visitors young and old can explore more than 40 exhibits and demonstrations and ask questions of nearly 350 veterinary students who help translate the science and art behind their chosen profession. Budding veterinarians will get to see and do some of what the college's veterinarians do every day. High school and college students who are seriously interested in becoming a veterinarian will benefit from a talk about how to apply to veterinary school and what to expect in the veterinary curriculum.

"Open House provides potential veterinary students an opportunity to learn about the less familiar aspects of veterinary medicine, such as aquatic animal medicine and veterinary dentistry," says Theresa Grandys, a third-year veterinary student and a member of the Open House planning committee.

Highlights include dogs receiving physical therapy on an underwater treadmill in the hospital's rehabilitation service, dog obedience and agility demonstrations, and hands-on activities in the Clinical Skills Learning Center, where veterinary students brush up on their technical skills.

This year a University of Illinois student organization that trains service dogs will demonstrate the skills of these amazing animals throughout the day.

The large animal enthusiasts are not to be forgotten; there will be opportunities to milk a cow and watch a horse being shod, as well as learn from exhibits on equine and large animal medicine and surgery.

Third-year veterinary student Brittany Naumann says, "For anyone interested in becoming a large animal veterinarian, a visit to the Open House is a great way to see the large-scale surgery suites and recovery rooms at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital."

Visitors who are animal owners can join the Good Human emergency pre-registration program and receive a key tag on the spot to aid in quick access of their account information at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Pre-registering is free, it prepares owners to act in the event of a medical emergency, and it eliminates the new patient registration fee otherwise incurred.

Attending Vet Med 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 http://vetmed.illinois.edu/openhouse/ .

Please note that this event is for human visitors only. The public may not bring their animals to Open House.

Pull date: October 3, 2011

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