Veterinary Teaching Hospital Hosts Open House April 4-6

A petting zoo, exhibits, mock surgery and presentations on a wide range of topics will be featured at the 18th annual open house April 4-6 at Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital, 300 W. Drake Road.

"We’re inviting the public to come discover all the different aspects of veterinary medicine we offer at the hospital," said A. W. Nelson, hospital director. "Veterinary students and faculty are committed not only to the highest- quality care for household pets, wildlife and livestock, but to improving the quality of life for people as well." The theme of this year’s open house is "…Not for Us Alone." The hospital will be open for tours from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 4 and 5 and from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 6. Tours will run continuously throughout the three days of the event, providing visitors with overviews of the hospital focusing on animal health care, research and education of veterinary medical students. Tours of the Raptor Center will run April 5 and 6.

Governor Roy Romer has declared March 30-April 6 as Veterinary Medicine Week to recognize Colorado State’s role in veterinary medicine.

Lectures will be held in Room B213 at the hospital. All events and lectures are free and open to the public. The lecture schedule follows.

Fri., April 4 * 10 a.m.–"Bits and the Bitting System for Horses" by Dr. Dwight Bennett.

* 1 p.m.–"The Human-Animal Bond" by Dana Durrance.

* 3 p.m.–"So You Want to be a Veterinarian!" by Dr. Sherry McConnell. Sat., April 5 * 11 a.m.–"House and Garden Plants: Poisonous to Your Pets" by Dr. Tony Knight.

* 1 p.m.–"Uniqueness of Camelids (Llamas and Alpacas) and Their Owners" by Dr. LaRue Johnson.

* 3 p.m.–"Beef: A Safe and Wholesome Food" by Dr. Grant Dewell. Sun., April 6 * Noon–"Acupuncture: Its Role in Veterinary Medicine" by Narda Robinson.

* 3 p.m.–"First Aid for Pets" by Dr. Tim Hackett.

For more information, call the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at (970) 491-7053.