* Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine
* 2007 Spring Fest

April 4, 2007

School of Veterinary Medicine to celebrate 44th open house

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Purdue University's School of Veterinary Medicine will celebrate its 44th Open House on April 14 with a parade, the Vet Olympics and the opportunity for children to become a veterinarian for the day.

The Saturday-only event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in and around the Lynn Hall of Veterinary Medicine. Third-year veterinary students traditionally organize the event, which is free and open to the public. This year's co-chairs are Erika Miller of Monument, Colo., and Beth Barno of Schererville, Ind.

"Because this year's theme is A Day in the Life of a Vet, we are passing out report cards to kids who go around to the different classrooms and 'pass' that year in veterinary school," Miller said. "The visitors also can go to some of the lectures and displays to get credit on their report card. It should be a lot of fun for everyone."

The parade kicks off at 9:30 a.m. on South University Street, behind the Food Science Building, and continues to Harrison Street before ending in the parking lot next to the Small Animal Hospital.

The Vet Olympics will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the grassy area west of the veterinary school. It will feature several "virtual" events that don't involve animals but do feature veterinary-related activities, including a cow-milking competition, an obstacle course to get the pet to the vet and a game that gives children a chance to look through "intestines" (made from stuffed pantyhose) to find what the animal swallowed.

"A vet student will be available at each event to help the kids complete the task," said Katie Lehman, a third-year student from Evansville, Ind., who helped organize the competition. "I hope the kids will enjoy it."

While many of the open house activities are outside, the School of Veterinary Medicine also will open its doors for tours of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, workshops on admissions, exhibits covering a variety of animal-health topics and a special presentation of veterinary science posters made by 4-H students who won contests in each Indiana county.

Featured attractions and demonstrations include:

*  Performing an ultrasound on a pregnant pig.

*  A falconer's lecture and demonstration.

*  Closed-circuit TV viewing of a live spay or neuter surgery.

*  A farrier demonstration with a blacksmith showing how to shoe a horse.

*  Llamas and other exotic animals.

*  Dogs herding sheep.

*  Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Department K-9 unit performing search and rescue exercises.

*  Animal rescue groups.

The veterinary school open house is one of the major attractions associated with Purdue University's Spring Fest, which takes place April 14-15.

Writer: Maggie Morris, (765) 494-24327,

Source: Kevin Doerr, director of alumni relations and public affairs for veterinary school, (765) 494-8216,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

Christina Ridge of Indiana Task Force One takes Doc through a search-and-rescue exercise at the 2006 School of Veterinary Medicine Open House. The group will again be presenting search-and-rescue demonstrations April 14 at the 44th annual open house, which will take place in conjunction with the university's Spring Fest. (Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine photo/Kevin Doerr)

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