sealPurdue News

March 29, 2002

Search and rescue dogs to appear at veterinary school open house

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Search and rescue dogs that assisted with rescue efforts at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 and a wildlife veterinarian featured on the TV show "Animal Planet's Wildlife Emergency" are two of the attractions at the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine open house on Saturday, April 13.

The 39th annual open house will take place at the school from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors will be able to see the search and rescue dogs and talk with their owners at 2 p.m. A presentation, in which the dogs' experience at the World Trade Center will be discussed, will follow at 3 p.m. Veterinarian P.J. Deitschel, featured on "Animal Planet," will make her presentation on wildlife medicine at 11 a.m.

A presentation on wolf behavior, wolf biology and the Wolf Park facility will be at 9 a.m. Information on seeking admission to the veterinary school's doctor of veterinary medicine and veterinary technician degree programs will be presented at 1 p.m. Additional presentation topics include avoiding household poisonings, the human-animal bond, breakthroughs in cancer research and foreign animal diseases.

Popular attractions for children include a "stuffed animal surgical center" where children can bring their stuffed animals in for treatment, a petting zoo and oxen wagon rides. Children also can have their faces painted and dress like a veterinarian for pictures. Tours of the veterinary school and hospital will be provided.

Other crowd favorites include a fistulated cow, in which people can insert a gloved hand into the cow's stomach. An equine treadmill will be demonstrated at 11 a.m., and a spay operation will be performed at 1 p.m.

Ongoing demonstrations include: Frisbee dogs, seeing eye dogs, a police K-9 unit, agility dogs and 4-H science exhibits.

Jill Peterson, open house co-chair, says adults and children alike should find plenty to do at the event.

"There are numerous hands-on activities for kids as well as adults and countless opportunities to learn about veterinary medicine," Peterson says. "This year's Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine Open House promises to be fun and educational."

Veterinary school students also will operate a food tent and sell school merchandise.

The Saturday open house is one of the major attractions associated with Purdue University's Spring Fest, which features nearly 100 events, activities, demonstrations and seminars. Spring Fest is April 13-14 and is sponsored by the schools of Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine, Science, Consumer and Family Sciences, and Engineering.

Writer: Marydell Forbes, (765) 496-7704,

Sources: Jill Peterson, (765) 464-1561,

Kevin Doerr, Veterinary School development director, (765) 494-6304,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

* To the Purdue News and Photos Page