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VMRCVM to present annual open house


BLACKSBURG, Va., March 29, 2005 – The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and as part of those festivities, it's holding its annual community “Open House.”

The medical college that serves the people and animals of Virginia and Maryland will open its doors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 9, and allow visitors to take a comprehensive tour of the 225,000 square-foot complex, glimpse the inside of a dog’s stomach, and witness equine acupuncture, among other things.

At 10 a.m., veterinary students will begin conducting guided tours of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and other college facilities. Tours last approximately an hour and will depart at 30-minute intervals throughout the day. A new video profiling the college entitled “Breaking New Ground in Veterinary Medicine” will be shown periodically throughout the day.

Children are invited to bring their stuffed animals to a “Teddy Bear Repair Clinic” and a children’s drawing contest also will be featured. Demonstrations and informational sessions on radiology, endoscopy, ultrasound, equine thermography, and electron microscopy and other topics will also be presented throughout the day.

Presentations on how to prepare a competitive application for veterinary college will be made at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., and presentations on equine colic will be featured at 11:30 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 2 p.m. VMRCVM 25th anniversary T-shirts will be available for sale.

The annual Omega Tau Sigma Service Dog of the Year Award will be presented at 2 p.m., and the St. Francis of Assisi Service Dog Foundation will present a special demonstration on how dogs are trained to help the physically-challenged.

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, Leesburg, Va., and College Park, Md.

For more information about the VMRCVM's Open House, go to www.vetmed.vt.edu