Colorado State University’s Annual Veterinary Teaching Hospital Open House features ABCs of Animal Health

The annual Veterinary Teaching Hospital Open House at Colorado State University is slated on March 30 and 31. The event features interaction with animals, educational opportunities for children and adults, and tours of the hospital, part of one of the top veterinary educational programs in the nation.

The hospital is located at 300 West Drake Rd. in Fort Collins. In addition to a petting zoo, which includes miniature horses, the schedule of events includes the following lectures and demonstrations:

Friday, March 30
6-7 p.m. – “Is This an Emergency for My Pet?” – Learn to recognize when your pet needs urgent or emergency care. Seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis; RSVP by contacting

7-7:30 p.m. – Intermission with refreshments

7:30-8:30 p.m. – “Pet First Aid Workshop” – Learn how to help your pet with basic first aid in this hands-on interactive workshop given by emergency and critical care veterinarians and experts from the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis; RSVP by contacting

Saturday, March 31
9:30-10:30 a.m. – “Weird, Wild and Wacky – Zoological Medicine at CSU” – Colorado State University exotic veterinarian will tell animal tales from years of treating birds, lizards, fish and other exotic animals.

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – “Equine First Aid Lecture and Workshop” – Learn to handle equine emergencies in this hands-on first aid workshop, lead by an equine veterinarian. Two sessions are offered.

1:30-2:30 p.m. – “So You Want to be a Veterinarian” – If you want to become a veterinarian, attend this session with CSU’s veterinary program admissions counselor to learn how to prepare for and what to expect if veterinary medicine is your chosen career path.

12:30-2:30 p.m. – “Fort Collins Police Canine Unit Training Demonstration” – Two police officers and their canine partners will demonstrate how both the officers and K-9 dogs learn to work together to fight crime. This demonstration includes simulated drug searches and K-9 bad-guy attacks.

2:30-3:30 p.m. – “CAT Scans for Your Dog” – Learn about the amazing technology available at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s imaging department. The hospital is home to imagining machinery that is unique to many veterinary hospitals, and, in some cases, has been the first or only hospital in the nation to have certain imaging options available for veterinary patients.

On Saturday, hospital tours will start every 15 minutes. The last tour will begin at 3 p.m. Large groups are encouraged to make a reservation by calling (970) 297-1269.

All open house events are free and open to the public, and parking also is free. Personal animals and pets are not allowed at the open house.

See more details about this year’s open house in the 2012 open house brochure, including a map, at or