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Open House 2024

April 5 @ 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!

See our FAQs below for quick answers to your questions!

Rain contingency plan: If the Georgia weather forecast predicts rain the day of open house, a few event locations and schedules will be changed. We will update this website the day before with changes if rain occurs so, please check back in the day before coming! Also, follow our social media accounts for live updates!

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, but all events will have free options. An extensive list of Open House activities can be found below along with menus for ticketed items (tickets will be purchased at the reception desk – cash will only be accepted at reception, merchandise, and concessions; every other event with add-ons are tickets only)

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 has changed from last year. Please check back in for updates on where to park as we get closer to April 5th!


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

Maps for the event

We will have updated maps posted here closer to April 5th. Some things have changed from last year, but they will again be available in both English and 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. As the schedule for events is finalized, we will update it here! So come back and see what exciting stuff we have planned closer to Open House!

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! Schedule to be posted soon!

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!

Zoo and Exotics Display

Take a walk through a wild safari! Interact with and learn about many different interesting species of animals.

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”.

** Registration for this event is first-come, first-served. Registration will be at the Teddy Bear Surgery check-in table.

** This station will only be accepting tickets this year for add-ons. Tickets can be purchased at reception.

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!

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 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 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.


What is Open House?

Each year, the University of Georgia 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 our college has to offer! This event is completely run by our first- and second-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students, and any donations go toward helping our students pay for their veterinary licensing exam.

How do I register to attend?

There is no registration required to attend this event! Please check the UGA CVM website for parking information closer to the event.

Who can attend Open House?

Open House has fun activities and demonstrations for all ages! Please note that the Veterinary Teaching Hospital Tours have limited spots available, and only people who are 6th grade and above may attend (everything else is available to all ages).

Is Open House a free event?

UGA CVM Open House is a free event open to the public, though there are optional paid experiences. Concessions and merchandise will also be available for purchase.

Where do I park?

Parking has changed from last year! Please check back here closer to the day of the event for parking details.

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April 5
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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