Texas A&M Veterinary Students Prepare For 26th Annual Open House
Posted March 07, 2019
Animal lovers of all ages can experience in a single day a
year’s worth of the activities shared by students in the Texas
A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
(CVM) during the 26th annual Vet School Open House on March 30.
Coordinated by hundreds of veterinary students and
undergraduates, the event opens the doors to the Veterinary &
Biomedical Education Center (VBEC), the Large Animal Hospital, and
the Small Animal Hospital for a day of fun-filled activities, from
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“I distinctly remember attending my first Vet School Open House
as a junior in high school, and truthfully, I believe it played a
large role in guiding me to where I am today,” said Hunter Enderle,
Open House co-director and third-year veterinary student. “After
attending that Open House, I knew this was the school I wanted to
attend and that veterinary medicine was the career that I would
"I’m so excited to be a part of an event that has such a
meaningful impact; I'm glad I can help continue this tradition and
inspire future aggie veterinarians like myself,” he said.
Attendees have the opportunity to tour the Small and Large
Animal Hospitals, explore many different exhibits from rescues and
other organizations, and watch talent demonstrations by animal
Other popular activities
include a teddy bear “surgery,” where children can learn about
suturing; the dog kissing booth; the petting zoo; and the Exotics
Room, which features dozens of reptiles. Food trucks will also be
In addition, Texas A&M students coordinate with area schools
to create exhibitions of student artwork by children from
elementary and middle schools across the country.
“Being a part of Open House has been one of the highlights of my
time in veterinary school, and I am so proud of all of the students
who have spent countless hours preparing for this event,” said
Victoria Grimsley, Open House co-director and third-year veterinary
student. “Open House has something to offer for everyone; there are
countless opportunities for fun, while also learning about what
makes veterinary medicine so great.
“I hope that by hosting this event each year, we are able to
inspire the next generation of veterinarians and further strengthen
the human-animal bond,” she said.
All activities are free to the public, and families with
children of all ages are welcome. While registration is not
required, those interested in touring the Small Animal Hospital are
encouraged to pre-register by emailing OHSAHCoordinators@cvm.tamu.edu
with a name, the number of adults/children in the group, and what
time the group would like to tour.
Although the event began over two decades ago, the heart behind
the open house remains the same.
Vet School Open House
started in 1993 as a small showcase of the college’s facilities
with a petting zoo.
The event is much larger now, but it still gives the public a
chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the country’s
premiere veterinary schools, all while learning about all the
opportunities and best practices in the field of veterinary
For more information about the event, including frequently asked
questions, and updates, visit vetmed.tamu.edu/openhouse,
or follow the event on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
for more updates and announcements.
For more information about the Texas
A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences,
please visit our website at vetmed.tamu.edu or join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Contact Information: Megan Palsa, Executive Director of
Communications, Media & Public Relations, Texas A&M College
of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Science; firstname.lastname@example.org;
979-862-4216; 979-421-3121 (cell)
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