BLACKSBURG, Va., March 25, 2004 – It’s a place where you can take a guided tour of a modern Veterinary Teaching Hospital, meet Hokie, the Virginia Tech Police Department K-9 dog, and watch an equine acupuncture demonstration at the same time and place -- the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine’s annual “Open House” at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.
The public is invited to tour the college from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 3.
At 10:00 a.m., veterinary students will begin conducting guided tours of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and other facilities. Tours last approximately 60 minutes and will depart at thirty-minute intervals throughout the day.
Children are invited to bring their stuffed animals to a “Teddy Bear Repair Clinic” and to participate in a drawing contest. Also, the St. Francis of Assisi Service Dog Foundation will present a demonstration on training dogs to help the physically-challenged.
A variety of presentations concerning the academic program, contemporary clinical approaches in veterinary medicine, and related clubs and organizations will be featured. Demonstrations and informational sessions on radiology, endoscopy, ultrasound, equine thermography, electron microscopy, and other topics will also be presented.
The open house also will feature presentations on preparing a competitive application for veterinary school at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
A silent auction featuring gift certificates and merchandise from local merchants as well as merchandise provided by VMRCVM clubs and organizations will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The annual Omega Tau Sigma Service Dog of the Year Award will be presented at 2 p.m.
Based at the land-grant universities of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and the University of Maryland College Park, the regional professional school operates campuses in Blacksburg, Va., Leesburg, Va., and College Park, Maryland.
The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM) is a two-state, three-campus professional school operated by the land-grant universities of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and the University of Maryland at College Park. Its flagship facilities, based at Virginia Tech, include the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which treats more than 40,000 animals annually. Other campuses include the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Va., and the Avrum Gudelsky Veterinary Center at College Park, home of the Center for Government and Corporate Veterinary Medicine. The VMRCVM annually enrolls approximately 500 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and graduate students, is a leading biomedical and clinical research center, and provides professional continuing education services for veterinarians practicing throughout the two states.