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On Sunday, October 6, 2019, more than 300 veterinary students from the University of Illinois will host the annual College of Veterinary Medicine Open House. There will be more than 40 exhibits and demos, and lots of animals to see. This event is free and open to the public.
For more information, please visit https://vetmed.illinois.edu/about/open-house-demos-and-exhibits/.
Thousands of people attend Open House, which has informative booths and exhibits throughout the veterinary campus, including in the Large and Small Animal Clinic, the Basic Sciences Building, and the Clinical Skills Learning Center. Most booths are open throughout the day, from 10 am to 4 pm, but some demonstrations occur only at scheduled times. Please check the program at the information tent when you arrive.
Parking is free, and there are refreshments and meals available for purchase, as are veterinary-themed shirts and other apparel.
Please note: Guests may not bring animals to Open House.
A list of the exhibits and learning opportunities at Open House in previous years, grouped by topic, may be found below.
Demos and Live Animal Exhibits
- teddy bear repair, with expanded “teddy bear hospital” in the kids’ tent
- suture card, where kids can practice the stitches real vets use (with yarn on cardstock)
- debut of new Illinois Cow app!
- avian medicine
- cow milking demo
- dog obedience
- farrier demo (horse-shoeing)
- fistulated cow
- kids’ tent
- physical therapy demo
- service dogs demo
- sheep shearing/goat milking demo
- wildlife medical clinic
Along with veterinary education and careers, basic sciences and clinical specialties and student organizations, too!
Want more? The Vet Med Open House is one of our “Best Places to Get Close to Animals in the Champaign-Urbana area” and part of our “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math for Kids in Champaign-Urbana” post.