Open House is April 12

Face painting at Open House.

Dr. Samantha Haas, a 2013 UFCVM graduate who was then a veterinary student, helped with face painting during Open House in 2012. (File photo)

A longtime community tradition, the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine Open House will intrigue and entertain audiences of all ages during a full day of educational demonstrations, tours and much more from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 12.

The event is free and open to the public. It is organized by the Class of 2015 with support from the college and various sponsors. Snacks and College of Veterinary Medicine merchandise will be available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting UF veterinary students.

Numerous educational exhibits and demonstrations, as well as tours of the UF Veterinary Hospitals, will take place throughout the day.  On the program will be the Gainesville mounted police patrol and K-9 unit, dog agility demonstrations, “How to Get into Veterinary School” lectures, pet adoptions featuring animals from local rescue groups, and much more.’

New this year will be the therapy horses of Gentle Carousel. These tiny horses travel the country and internationally to visit more than 25,000 adults and children each year inside hospitals, hospice programs, and with children who have experienced traumatic events. The Gentle Carousel mini-horses were first responders after the tragedy at Newtown, Conn.

The traditional teddy bear clinic will be held, with UF veterinary students on hand to repair torn stuffed animals. There’ll be free ice cream from Sweet Dreams Creamery, along with games, prizes and activities for everyone to participate in.

Visit for more information as it becomes available.

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