Student-led tours are offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday at noon. Tours are not available to the public on evenings or weekends. Group size is limited so all guests must make an appointment (405-744-6961). We are unable to accommodate “walk-in” guests. This policy applies to prospective applicants, former/current faculty, graduates, staff, and general public.
Tours are available for those of high school age or older. Younger participants are encouraged to attend Open House (see below for more details). Any person under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
What to Expect on the Tour
Typical tours last approximately 45 minutes to an hour depending on the group size. You will see classrooms and laboratories in McElroy Hall as well as the facilities in the Boren Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. All groups meet in McElroy Hall but extremely large groups typically only view the hospital unless prior request has been made to see McElroy Hall. Participants are expected to wear closed-toed shoes due to safety concerns. Animals in the hospital are client-owned so please, no photography or video while on the tour. Also, most animals housed in the hospital are patients so touching animals is strictly prohibited. Admissions representatives are available to meet with prospective students by request either before or after the tour. Appointments can be scheduled by contacting 405-744-6961.
Directions for Tours
All tours start in the lobby of McElroy Hall. Coordinates for McElroy Hall are 36.124305, -97.081579 if you have a GPS system. Otherwise, here are several directions:
To McElroy Hall from I-35
Take the Stillwater exit and go east about 15 miles until you enter Stillwater. Go to the 4th stoplight and turn left (North) onto Western Street. Go approximately ¼ mile and turn right onto Farm Road. Continue east on Farm Rd. and turn right on McFarland St. McElroy Hall is on the right – visitor parking is on the East side of the building.
To McElroy Hall from Highway 51 East (Tulsa)
Take Highway 51 W almost all the way through Stillwater. Continue on Highway 51 (known as 6th street) until you hit Western Street and take a right (north). Go approximately ¼ mile and turn right onto Farm Road. Continue east and turn right on McFarland St. McElroy Hall is on the right – visitor parking is on the East side of the building.
To McElroy Hall from Cimarron Turnpike
After the last toll booth stay on the exit road (don’t exit Perkins Rd.). The highway will end on Washington street. Continue south on Washington. Just after the first stoplight (at the intersection of Lakeview and Washington), the street veers left and becomes Boomer Rd, but keep right and you will be on N. Washington Street headed straight for the OSU campus. Continue south to the second stop light. Turn right on Hall of Fame Ave, and continue west on Hall of Fame around curve. Take a left onto Farm Rd. at the Teaching Hospital sign. Continue east on Farm Rd. and turn right on McFarland St. McElroy Hall is on the right – visitor parking is on the East side of the building.
The Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences will be open to the public the first Saturday in April from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for its annual Open House. We encourage animal owners and people interested in veterinary medicine careers to come and learn more about activities at the veterinary center. Our students coordinate Open House and are very proud to show visitors the many different facets of their profession.
Highlights of the day typically include:
- Self-guided tours of the Boren Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
- Cat show
- Dog show
- Bullet/Pistol Pete appearance
- Equine Treadmill
- Games for children
- Face painting
- Teddy Bear Surgery (bring your torn stuffed animal for repair; available on a first-come/first-serve basis)
- Admissions Seminars
- Avian, Exotic and Zoo Medicine live and silent auctions
- Various outdoor animal demonstrations
No pets are allowed for the safety of your animals as well as to protect veterinary hospital patients. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. All activities are free and no appointments are necessary.
From research, to teaching tomorrow’s practitioners, to treating Oklahoma’s livestock and companion animals, there is much to see and do at Open House. Come and visit Oklahoma’s only veterinary college!
If you cannot attend a regularly scheduled tour or Open House, you can view our facilities via virtual tour by clicking here.