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April 4, 2013

Purdue's College of Veterinary Medicine to host open house

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University's College of Veterinary Medicine is hosting its 50th annual Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 13 at the university's Lynn Hall.

Held in conjunction with Purdue's Spring Fest weekend, the event will include a petting zoo, interactive exhibits for kids, various activities and tours of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. 

"The open house is a great way for people of all ages to really see what goes on here at the College of Veterinary Medicine," said veterinary student Anna Jansons, who is the open house committee co-chair. "They can have some hands-on experiences of their own. Kids and adults alike will walk away with a whole new knowledge of what veterinary medicine actually includes."

Other activities scheduled throughout the day include opportunities to see blood donor and search-and-rescue dogs, along with two showings of an equine treadmill demonstration. Visitors will also have the opportunity to participate in interactive demonstrations with Indiana University School of Medicine-Lafayette first-year students.

The Saturday-only Open House is organized by College of Veterinary Medicine students and has been held annually since 1963, when the college graduated its first class of veterinarians.

For more information and a full schedule of the day's events, visit http://www.vet.purdue.edu/2013openhouse/#Agenda

Writer: Morgan Stephens, 765-490-4855, MorganLStephens@gmail.com

Sources: Anna Jansons, ajansons@purdue.edu

Melissa Dunn, co-chair of open house committee, mshotfrot@purdue.edu

Kevin Doerr, director of the College of Veterinary Medicine public affairs, 765-494-8216, doerrkr@purdue.edu