The annual open house for Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital will offer a variety of lectures, exhibits, tours and a petting zoo April 3, 4 and 5.
The open house will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 3 and 4 and from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 5. All events are free and open to the public.
Youngsters will be able to perform mock surgery on stuffed animals during the three-day event, and student groups will present displays and exhibits on dogs, cats, sheep, horses, cattle and 10 other animal families.
Tours of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, 300 W. Drake Road, will run continuously each day. Tours of the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program will be offered from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 4 and from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 5. The raptor program, located behind the hospital, is dedicated to providing medical care, rehabilitation and release for injured birds of prey.
Lectures by veterinary medicine faculty and other animal experts will highlight real-life horse rescues, dental care for pets and the characteristics of outstanding police dogs.
A schedule of lectures, held in Room B-213 on the hospital’s second floor, follows.
Fri., April 3
10:30 a.m. – "A Potpourri of Exotic Pets: What You Should Know About Common Ailments of Exotics" by veterinary medicine faculty members specializing in exotic pets.
Noon – "Baa! Baa! How Sheep Are Helping With Human Osteoporosis Research" by Dr. Simon Turner.
1:30 p.m. – " Rescue 911! (Horse-Style): Fascinating True Stories of Dramatic Horse Rescues" by Dr. Shane Miller.
2:30 p.m. – "So You Want to Be a Veterinarian: Preparing for a Veterinary Career" by Dr. Sherry McConnell.
Sat., April 4:
10:30 a.m. – "Caring for Your Horse Throughout Its Life," a video presentation by Dr. Traub Dargatz.
Noon – "A Real Team: A Special Relationship Between a Handicapped-Assistance Dog and His Owner," a presentation by Lisa Berzani and her assistance dog, Pahlmeyer.
1:30 p.m. – "Oh, Those Pearly Whites: The Importance of Good Dental Care for Your Pet" by Dr. Lynne Kesel.
2:30 p.m. – "The Modern Day Dairy–It’s Not Just a Bucket and Stool Anymore" by Dr. George Barrington.
Sun., April 5
Noon – "Strength, Intelligence and Bravery: What It Takes to Make a Great Police Dog" by Joe Clingan, Fort Collins Police Department K-9 unit supervisor.
1:30 p.m. – "Roundworms, Hookworms, Tapeworms–OH, MY! Educate Yourself About Diseases That Can Pass Between People and Animals" by Dr. Michael Lappin.
2:30 p.m. – "Pet First Aid: Household Dangers for Pets" by Dr. Mike Lagutchik.
For further information, call the Dean’s Office at (970) 491-7053.