Just ask | UI Vet Med Open House Pet Owners

September 25—How does the College of Vet Med get permission to show animals in an open house? Are all animals property of the university?

Most – not all – of the animals that will be on display at next Sunday’s Vet Med open house belong to the university.

With prior permission, UI vet students can bring their own exotic creatures.

“Some of the attendees are the pets of veterinary students,” said Chris Beuoy, communications specialist for the college. “They’ll bring chinchillas and ferrets and all kinds of things.”

The Vet Med Open House is a hands-on event for all students in the first through third year of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program. More than 300 of IU’s future veterinarians will lead 50 animal-centric booths, exhibits and demonstrations for the public on October 2 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

All live animal demonstrations must go through the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) on campus for approval.

A few weeks before the open house, the College of Vet Med submitted a report to the IACUC listing all animal attendees, whether academic or private, what the animals will be there for and how the staff plan to attend. observe and take care of everyone. creature.

“We have to make sure they have access to food and water and that they have breaks,” Beuoy said. “If any of the animals are found to dislike being part of the open house, they will be removed from the exhibit.”

Scheduled to make appearances next Sunday: 10 dogs, 10 horses, four cows, an eagle, an owl and a kestrel, and a few snakes, lizards and ferrets, among others.

Attendees have the chance to see a service dog at work, milk a cow, or read a bird’s X-ray, while younger ones can visit the children’s tent for face painting and crafts.

The annual event is free – thousands of people of all ages show up each year.

“This open house couldn’t happen without our students being willing to share what they know,” Beeuoy said.

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