Open House


We hope to resume in 2022

2021 Open House Canceled

As a precautionary measure, the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine is canceling this year’s planned Open House that was scheduled for Saturday, May 1, 2021.

As health officials continue to monitor COVID-19, or Coronavirus, the CVM team has decided not to continue with this event, which brings thousands of people from across the state together on campus.

It is important to note that there has been no detection of the virus in any humans or animals at the CVM.

Because of the level of planning and coordination needed with staff, students and external partners to prepare for the Open House, it is important to take this cautious approach now and to get the word out about the change.

The annual CVM Open House is an extremely popular community event, and we understand this will be disappointing news for many, but the safety of our students, staff, visitors and animals is always a top priority in any decision. We look forward to holding this again in the future.

Open House Memories 

Take a Peek
Behind the Scenes

Interactive. Educational. Entertaining. Learn about animals and animal care, ask questions of experts, and learn what’s new in veterinary medicine.

Tour Our Hospital, Our Labs, and Our Grounds

Learn more about the operations and facilities at our Veterinary Hospital and bring your budding veterinarians to check our what the classrooms and laboratories in a state-of-the-art college of veterinary medicine are like. Then stop by and visit the chicks, and cows, and horses, and turkeys, and goats, and pigs at the Teaching Animal Unit. Make sure to leave time to participate in one of our many events.


    Get an in-depth view of our world-class hospital facilities.

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    and Grounds tour

    More than 25 tour stops on two floors and in corrals and pens

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  • Research Building Tour

    Learn how scientists are helping to improve and save lives.

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  • Open House Overview Map

    View a downloadable map of all tour stops.

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Events and

Animal-care demonstrations, expert Q and A’s, Vet School Admission talks, working canine obedience demos, and more.
There’s lots going on!

Example Calendar of Events

Dog Group Demonstrations:

10:00 am – State Bureau of Investigation K9 Demo

11:00 am – American Kennel Club: Agility

12:00 pm – State Bureau of Investigation K9 Demo

1:00 pm – Morrisville K9 Unit: Obedience and Search

2:00 pm – American Kennel Club: Agility


Large Animal Demonstrations:

9:30 – Comparative Anatomy

10:00 – Farrier Demo

10:30 – Cooler Horsemanship demos in corral outside LA Hospital

11:00 – Farrier Demo

12:00 – Endoscopy Demo

1:00 – Cooler Horsemanship Demos in corral outside LA Hospital

1:30 – Comparative Anatomy

2:00 – Endoscopy demo

Mare and foal – all day at TAU corral

Haltering & Knots Table – all day

Join Us

We’re located at 1060 William Moore Drive in Raleigh near the NC State Fairgrounds at the intersection of Hillsborough Street and Blue Ridge Road.

Some things to Note

NC State CVM Open House Boy Milking Cow

We welcome all humans old and young. However, if you have had contact with animals in a foreign country within one week of the event, we ask that you not attend due to health risks to our animals. Also:

  • 1. Please do not bring your pets to the Open House.
  • 2. Wash your hands after touching the animals.

Special Thanks

NC State CVM Open House mounted policeAnimal rescue organizations, companion animal training groups, food-animal growers associations, to the Raleigh Aquarium Society – we are pleased to have the valued participation of community partners in our Open House.

Please take the opportunity during the event to visit with representatives of the these groups and learn about their programs.