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Open House Celebrates the Human-Animal Bond

Friday, May 3, 2019

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Visitors from near and far came to Lynn Hall for the Purdue Veterinary Medicine Open House as part of Purdue’s Spring Fest on April 6. The annual event promotes education about all the different aspects of veterinary medicine and helped celebrate the College of Veterinary Medicine’s 60th Anniversary year. With the theme, “The Human-Animal Bond: Better Together,” the student-organized event focused on the influential relationship between animals and people.

Participants learned all about the many roles veterinarians and veterinary nurses play in the veterinary medical profession through a variety of activities and events. Displays organized by students in the Purdue Veterinary Nursing Program were among the popular components of this year’s Open House and included activities where participants viewed radiographs and guessed the foreign object inside the patient and a station where children could practice bandaging stuffed animals.

A child reaches out to touch the nose of a horse while the horse chews on hay
Activities, events, and displays at this year’s PVM Open House revolved around the theme “The Human-Animal Bond: Better Together.”

Other Open House favorites included the ever-popular petting zoo as well as the equine treadmill demonstrations, which enabled visitors to view the high-speed treadmill in action and learn how it helps in the diagnosis of lameness, respiratory, and cardiovascular issues in horses.  Additionally, Open House visitors were able to view a live narrated spay surgery that was performed on a pet that needed the procedure prior to being adopted. Also, those who were interested in seeing the inside of the Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital were able to take guided tours. Other special events included a “mini zoo” put on by Lafayette’s Columbian Park Zoo, an admissions talk, interactive exhibits created by first-, second-, and third-year veterinary students, a demonstration involving a specially trained detection dog, and a special visit by a Lafayette Police Department K9 unit.  Open House guests also took advantage of the opportunity to recharge in the Food Tent where they could purchase food and drinks in support of the Food Animal and Equine Clubs.

Reflecting on the event, PVM Open House Co-chair Katrina Frerichs, of the DVM Class of 2020, said, “Open House was a great success this year and we have our dedicated committee to thank for that! I received several comments throughout the day that people really enjoyed all of the interactive activities at the event!”  Katrina added, “As a student, I love that we were able to show off all that Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine has to offer. The human-animal bond is so important to everyone at our college, and I’m so glad we were able to portray that at this year’s Open House.”

Co-chair Ashley Hopkins added, “With the beautiful weather, the Open House drew a fantastic turnout and proved to be a lot of fun.  We would like to thank our entire Open House Committee, the administration, faculty and staff, and all of the students involved for all their hard-work.  It’s great to see how the creative displays and activities educate visitors, generate awareness and support for our College, and inspire children who dream of becoming veterinarians and veterinary nurses.”

Click here to view photos and highlights from the 2019 PVM Open House.


Writer(s): Amanda McCormick, PVM Communications Intern | pvmnews@purdue.edu



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