N.C. State's College of Veterinary Medicine's annual open house returns this month and it's bigger than ever.
This very popular event, drawing as many as 11,000 people in one day, was last held in 2007. For many families, the open house was an annual tradition, but construction put the family-friendly event on hiatus until this year.
The open house provides a glimpse into one of the country's top-ranked veterinary programs. It also offers all kinds of fun for kids of all ages, from a Teddy Bear Suture Clinic where kids are encouraged to bring their injured stuffed animals for care to information for teens and undergraduate students interested in a career in veterinary medicine.
The free event is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, at the college on 4700 Hillsborough St. near the N.C. State Fairgrounds.
David Green, with the college, tells me that, compared to past years, there are more tour stops and groups participating this year thanks to the opening of the 111,000-square-foot Randall B. Terry Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center and a new crop of students who are planning the event. Visitors will be able to tour portions of the Terry Center during the open house.
"We hope it's going to be even better because it certainly has expanded," Green tells me.
If you'll be going with younger kids, here are some stops you'll want to see:
- the Teddy Bear Suture Clinic, where vet students will tend to injured stuffed animals
- the anatomy lab with skeletons of animals, birds and reptiles
- "up close" stops to see rabbits, hamsters, snakes, birds, turtles, lizards and other animals
- the mare and foal in the Teaching Animal Unit corral
- a station where kids can milk a cow
- and an open house carnival with games designed by vet students.
The day, part of N.C. State's celebration of its 125th anniversary, also includes demonstrations by Sage, a canine hero from 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and IRAQ; booths staffed by 19 breed and shelter rescue groups; and more.
Food and drink will be available for purchase.
This is a very popular event. Officials expect about 10,000 people will visit. A fan on our Facebook page, who has gone before, definitely recommended using the free parking and shuttle bus.
Parking for the open house is available on the College of Veterinary Medicine's Centennial Biomedical Campus and at a designated area of the N.C. State Fairgrounds at the corner of Blue Ridge and Trinity roads. There will be a shuttle bus for those parking at the fairgrounds.
For more information, go to the open house's website.
The event comes the day after another very popular N.C. State family event - Farm Animal Days, which runs next Wednesday through Friday. Read my earlier post for details on that.