More Than 5,600 People Visit the LSU Veterinary School Open House

More than 5,600 people visited the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine on Feb. 7 for its 27th Annual Open House. This year’s theme was “Where’s Mike?” Photographs of Mike the Tiger were hidden along the Paw Print Trail that took visitors through the Veterinary Medicine Building.

Open House provides the public the opportunity to explore the fantastic world of veterinary medicine and the latest developments in animal health care, welfare and research. A self-guided tour took visitors through the LSU Veterinary School, where students, faculty and staff provided information and exhibits on various facets of the veterinary medicine curriculum. The gross anatomy laboratory and intensive care units were featured on the tour, along with other areas of the veterinary hospital. There was also a teddy bear repair station where children got their stuffed animals “sutured,” a petting zoo and animal demonstrations, such as a parade of breeds of both dogs and horses.

Other regular exhibits were Hildy, the fistulated cow; the equine and underwater treadmill demonstrations; and the tour of the cancer treatment unit. Also participating were some of the school’s education animals, including Squirt, a screech owl, and Sydney, a turkey vulture.

“Open House gives us the chance to show the community all of the different aspects of veterinary medicine,” said Lauren Orvin, third-year veterinary student and Open House co-chair. “I think that when most people think of a veterinarian, they think of the animal doctor down the street. Veterinarians are on the front lines of pet health, but we’re also involved in public health, bioterrorism, emergency preparedness and scientific research, just to name a few things. Open House brings all of that together under one roof.”

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Ginger Guttner | Coordinator of Public Relations | School of Veterinary Medicine
Ashley Berthelot | Writer | Office of Communications & University Relations
February 2009