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Open House 2023

April 7, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT

What is open house?

Each year the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine organizes an Open House event to welcome all ages and members of the community to explore the world of veterinary medicine and see what the University of Georgia’s Veterinary College has to offer!

Rain contingency plan: Due to anticipated rain on the day of Open House, a few event locations and schedules were changed. Please see the updated map and event list below for further information! Follow our social media for live updates! (See Lameness Paddock Events)

Cost of event

This event is free and includes many events and exhibits on the CVM Classic Campus! These activities range from tours of the veterinary hospital to zoo and exotic animal displays! Donations at various activities can provide additional experiences. An extensive list of Open House activities can be found below.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

**We can only accept cash, check, and Zelle payments.

**Zelle is only for transactions over $10 and will be sent to our class account: [email protected]


No registration for Open House necessary! Just drop by between the hours of the event!

** Teddy Bear Surgery and group tours of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital require registration on the day of the event (first-come, first-serve)


Parking is free for guests located at the Soccer Softball Complex parking lot. Shuttles will be running from 8:45 am to 4:15 pm. Shuttles will also be available for guests touring the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. These will run from from 10:30 to 2:30 pm.

Address for parking:

2330 S Milledge Ave, Athens, GA


Access provided for people with disabilities through the Accessibility and Inclusion Committee. If you have any accessibility needs, please contact Katie Godoy, [email protected], by March 24th so that we can work with you to make accommodations.

Maps for the event

These maps will be handed out at Open House, but for your convenience we have provided copies of both the English and Spanish versions of the map below. Click for full size!

Open House MapOpen House Map, Spanish

Schedule of events

We are excited to present UGA’s Veterinary College and all that we offer! These events are developing as we get closer to open house, so keep checking back for more!

Lameness Paddock Demonstrations

Several demonstrations and live animal shows will be happening at the lameness paddock throughout the day. Below is a list of events that will be occurring throughout the day. Come check it out!


**Unfortunately, due to the possibility of inclement weather, we must cancel some of our Lameness Paddock demonstrations at this year’s Open House. We are just as disappointed as you are, but it is in the best interest of the animals’ safety.

Below are the most current updates to the schedule:

9:30 – 12:30 pm: Georgia Mobile Dairy Classroom

  • Learn about milking techniques and get to meet a live dairy cow!

11:30 – 12:30 pm: Photos with “Que” (Uga X)

  • Come see everyone’s favorite mascot!
  • Located in the anatomy breezeway

Veterinary Student Q&A Panel

An interactive conversation with a combination of current first and second year veterinary students. Get a taste of what life as a veterinary student is like and get the chance to ask any questions you may have about veterinary school, careers in veterinary medicine, or anything else you’d like to know!


  • 10:15 – 11:00 am
  • 12:15 -1:00 pm
  • 2:15 – 3:00 pm

*All three sessions will be held in room H237

Dog Petting Booth

Who doesn’t want some puppy love every once and a while? Stop by the Dog Petting Booth to make some new four-legged friends.

Reading to Dogs

Sit down for story time with a furry friend! A variety of books will be available to read to/with the dogs, and you can make a personalized bookmark with your favorite pup on it!

Anatomy Booth

The University of Georgia has one of the most advanced anatomy labs in the country. Come see where veterinary students spend their first-year learning anatomy! This event will include interactive models, preserved specimens, and more!

Endoscopy and Ultrasound

Endoscopy will be an interactive booth where laparoscopic equipment will be available at stations for you to try and grab goodies from beneath a hidden cover. Time to see how good your “toy claw machine” skills are– Veterinary Medicine style!

Ultrasound will feature live demos of our ultrasound equipment. With the assistance of one of own veterinary medicine students, you will be able to visualize organs and other structures on some of our student’s dogs! In addition, one of our clinicians is volunteering to ultrasound a horse for us to see!

Zoo and Exotics Display

Welcome to the jungle! Interact with and learn about many different interesting species of animals.

Quail Hatching

Japanese quail are a species of Old-World quail found predominantly in East Asia. During this event, observers will be able to witness the hatching of up to 40 quail chicks! We will also have several breeds of exotic chickens on display to learn about the interesting history and selection of different poultry breeds!

Teddy Bear Surgery

Teddy Bear Surgery is a hands-on experience that allows children to be “anesthesiologists” and “surgeons.” They get to participate in a physical exam for their bear and then gown up in surgical gear to “anesthetize” a teddy bear. Once “sterile,” children watch second year students suture their bears’ “wounds” closed while holding the mask to keep their animal “anesthetized”.

We will have 16 surgery tables running at 20-minute time slots throughout the duration of the event.

**Appointments for Teddy Bear Surgery can be made the day of Open House at the Teddy Bear Surgery check-in table

Tours of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital

See our new state-of-the-art veterinary hospital and get a behind-the-scenes tour led by our Student Ambassadors!


Buses will be running from 10:30 – 2:30 pm

Tours will be given from 11:00 – 1:00 pm, every 30 minutes

We have limited spots for tours, so those interested will need to sign up for a time slot at the welcome desk upon arrival to the event. This will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

**Because it is a functioning hospital, tours are limited to 3 groups of 10 at a time and guests must be age 11+.

Participants that have signed up will take the bus to the VTH for their tour and when the tour is over, the bus will run back to the parking lot and then back to the CVM.

If you are unable to tour, there is a virtual tour available through the link below!

VTH Virtual Tour

Parasitology Display

A display of the different types of “creepy crawlers” our pets can get! Two highlights of this display are the “build your own tick” craft area and the “tick racing” event where we get to watch ticks race each other!

Merchandise Booth

The merchandise booth will have some awesome UGA College of Veterinary Medicine apparel. Those range from shirts, sweatshirts, hats, etc. We are in the works of designing a “I’m a teddy bear surgeon” shirt for purchase as a cool souvenir! We will be accepting cash/check/zelle payments only.

Club Fair

The club fair will showcase all the wonderful clubs that the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine has to offer. Each club will have a poster up for display and members walking around giving brief presentations. In addition, the veterinary teaching hospital will have a booth educating visitors about their “Veterinary Technician Career Path” and the emergency services the hospital offers!

See the club fair schedule below!

9:00 AM        Zoo Medicine and Exotics Club

  • Origami frog demonstration

10:00 AM     Behavior Club

  • Informative talk/Q&A: Cooperative care/fear free nail trim alternative

10:15 AM     Canine Club

  • Q&A Session

10:30 AM     Feline Club

  • Kitten Bottle Feeding Demonstration

11:15 AM     Emergency Medicine Club

  • Dog CPR/Choking Demonstration

11:30 AM     Veterinary Business Club

  • Q&A Session

11:45 AM     Association of Black Veterinarians

  • The Dog Doctors

12:00 PM      Shelter Medicine

  • T-Shirt Raffle

12:30 PM      Aquatic Club

  • Stuffed Sea Turtle Rescue Demonstration

1:00 PM        Poultry Club

  • Candling eggs during stages of development

1:15 PM        Internal Medicine Club

  • Biopsy interactive demonstration

1:45 PM        Veterinary Welfare Club

  • How to make enrichments for your pets

2:30 PM        Integrative Medicine Club

  • Acupuncture demonstration

Meet the Animals

There will be many animal guests in attendance at Open House! Below is an introduction to some of the many incredible animals that will make an appearance.

Meet Bacon and Waffles! These two guinea pigs are excited to meet you!

This is Kirby!


Fun fact: Rabbits and guinea pigs are both hindgut fermenters. This means that they need help from bacteria in their gut to digest all the nutrients they need! In order for guinea pigs and rabbits to digest all of the nutrients their bacteria break down, they need to eat their own droppings to allow the broken down nutrients to be digested in their small intestine.

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April 7, 2023
9:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT


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UGA College of Veterinary Medicine
501 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, GA 30602 United States
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