|OSU Veterinary Center Opens Its Doors|
(March 5, 2012 Stillwater, OK) – On Saturday, March 3, 2012, Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences opened its doors for its Annual Open House from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Stillwater campus. Nearly 700 visitors from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Texas took advantage of this behind the scenes look at veterinary medicine and Oklahoma’s only veterinary college.
Veterinary practitioners, clients, future veterinary students and the public took self-guided tours through McElroy Hall and the Boren Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Visitors were able to learn about veterinary medicine, the different career paths a veterinary degree can lead to, the varied services available at the hospital for the public’s pets and animals. Highlights included a cat show, photos with the OSU mascot Bullet, Teddy Bear Surgery where children can help repair a torn stuffed animal, a dog show and live and silent auctions to help fund medical and surgical care for local wildlife.
A display on heartworm was among the Parasitology information available for visitors to help them keep their pets disease free.
Dr. Tom Thedford, OSU Emeritus faculty member, was on hand with one of his llamas to talk about small ruminants and camelids.
A young visitor assists during Teddy Bear Surgery where veterinary students help youngsters repair torn stuffed animals. Participants get to keep their new stuffed friend!
Third year veterinary students Aaron Mackley, student chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (left) and Ben Estes, student chapter of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (right) were available to show off one of three ambulatory trucks owned and operated by OSU’s veterinary center and answer questions about the 24 hour emergency services offered at the veterinary hospital.
Visitors strolled through the Duane R. Peterson Anatomy Learning Center viewing anatomy samples from many species.
One of five contestants in the cat show, Cristen Thomas, Class of 2013, holds her cat Skyy. Skyy received a prize for having the “nicest eyes” and being the “best kisser.” The cat show was organized by Juli Constantine, Class of 2013.
Owner Abby Johnston, Class of 2015, with her cat, Sookie, who won for having the longest hair.
Kathleen Scott, Class of 2014, holds her cat, Wheeliam, who won for being the loudest cat and the first one to arrive for the competition.