Annual Open House

Saturday, April 9, 2016, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Blacksburg, VA

HokieBird at Open House

The Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA) hosts the college's Annual Open House in the spring each year. The event features a variety of exhibits, demonstrations, seminars, and public tours of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

The purpose of the Open House is to showcase our college, provide information about the veterinary profession and careers in veterinary medicine, celebrate the role of animals in people's lives, and provide fun and entertainment for the community.

The Open House is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Attendees are encouraged to bring a donation of dog food or dog toys to benefit local shelter dogs.

Schedule & Directions

Featured Activities

  • Hospital tours - Tours last approximately one hour and include the hospital and the DVM student teaching facilities.
  • Photo booth - Bring your camera!
  • Food drive - Dry and canned food, treats, rawhide bones, and other supplies will be collected to support dogs in the care of Montgomery County Animal Care & Control.
  • Teddy bear surgery clinic - Members of the Class of 2016 repair your favorite stuffed animal.
  • Dogs available for adoption - Visit the VA-MD Vet Med Grove from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., where the Animal Welfare Foster Program will introduce you to dogs that are looking for homes.
  • Anatomy display - Members of the Class of 2018 display skeletons and other specimens, including a live, painted horse located outside the anatomy room.
  • Wildlife exhibit - See live animals from the Southwest VA Wildlife Center and Field of Daisies Rabbit Rescue.
  • Club and organization displays - Learn about our veterinary student clubs and organizations and purchase merchandise.
  • Lectures - Learn about how to prepare a competitive application to veterinary school, how the horse’s gut anatomy predisposes them to colic, the One Health initiative, opportunities in the field of Food Animal Medicine, and more.
  • Demonstrations - Get a closer look at horseshoe making, small animal endoscopy and ultrasound, a Virginia Tech police dog, electron microscopy, animal autopsy, and more.
  • Silent auction
  • …and much more!