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NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine Open House 2013: Our Animal Connections

We share more with animals than we may know.

Animals touch our daily lives from the food we eat, the products we consume, the health care advances we benefit from, and the services, entertainment, and companionship we enjoy. Wildlife species add to the beauty and wonder of our world. The connection between wildlife, domestic animals, the environment, and humans is called “One Health” and this concept is the foundation for veterinary medicine.

Visitors to the College of Veterinary Medicine at NC State University will be able to explore aspects of the One Health concept during the annual CVM Open House from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 27.

Special exhibits and discussions concerning veterinary research that is of interest to human medicine and the connection between animals, the environment, and people will help highlight the 2013 Open House. The popular event, which attracted more than 8,000 visitors last year, also will offer the traditional opportunities to get up close with various animals large and small, demonstrations, displays and exhibits, and chances to talk with faculty and students. More than 30 fun and informative tour stops explain advances in veterinary medicine, veterinary medical technology, best care practices for the family pet, and what it takes to become a veterinarian.

Tour stops popular with younger visitors

  • The Teddy Bear Suture Clinic, where children are encouraged to bring injured stuffed animals for appropriate attention by the CVM student surgery club;
  • Anatomy lab, where the skeletons of various animals, birds, and reptiles can be examined;
  • “Up Close” stop with birds, rabbits, hamsters, snakes, turtles, lizards, insects and other animals;
  • Mare and foal in the Teaching Animal Unit corral;
  • Opportunity for children to try their hand at milking a very patient cow;
  • Open House Carnival for young children (child needs to be accompanied by a parent or guardian and there is a small fee to play games).

Veterinary Health Complex

Terry Center. The Open House is an opportunity to tour portions of the 110,000-square-foot Randall B. Terry, Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center, one of the most advanced veterinary hospitals in the nation. (See video).

Veterinary Health and Wellness Center.

Exhibits including Nutrition, Rehabilitation and Mobility Service, Behavior Medicine, Small Animal Blood Bank, and Exotic Animal Medicine.

Equine and Farm Animal Veterinary Center.

The breezeway in the Equine and Large Animal Veterinary Center will include exhibits and farm animals.

Outdoor attractions

The Open House flows over to external attractions including the CVM Mobile Surgery Unit–a veterinary clinic on wheels; canine demonstrations; booths staffed by representatives of breed and shelter rescue groups; Mare and foal in the Teaching Animal Unit corral, safe animal herding demonstrations, and the Open House Carnival organized by DVM students. (Inclement weather may change outdoor activities).

There is no charge for the Open House or for parking on the Centennial Biomedical Campus. Food and refreshments are available for purchase and there is a charge for activities in the Carnival area.


Check the Open House webpage or call 919.513.6662. The College of Veterinary Medicine is located at 1060 William Moore Drive near the intersection of Hillsborough Street and Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh.

  • Please do not bring your pets to Open House.
  • Please do not attend if you have traveled overseas after April 12.
  • Remember to wash your hands after touching the animals (especially before eating).
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