Annual Open House & Community Outreach Event FAQs

Plan your day with our new Open House event app!

Frequently Asked Questions 

  • What will I get to see?

The schedule changes slightly from year to year. Click here to view the 2018 Open House program (subject to change).

Previous Open House activities have included:

How to Get Into Veterinary School/Pre-Vet Advising Sessions Teddy Bear Beach Clinic  – sponsored by local veterinarians of the Alachua Veterinary Medical Association Hands-on Mock Surgery Demonstration
Talks by faculty specialists on topics such as oncology and pet care Lameness Locator Demonstrations Equine Treadmill Demonstrations
Marion County Sheriff’s Mounted Unit Demonstrations Dog Agility Demonstrations Florida State Agricultural Response Team (SART) Emergency Response Demonstrations
University Police Department K-9 Detection Demonstration Alachua County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit Demonstration Games and prizes for kids provided by CVM student organizations
Food truck rally featuring local eateries Student club T-shirts and merchandise “Sleepytown” Anesthesia Service Activity
Gypsy Gold Vanner Horses Chris P. Bacon, the pig on wheels
  • Will I be able to attend every talk and see every demo?

We encourage you to plan your day in advance so you can participate to the fullest. As we’ve grown, so have our activities! For the safety of our animals, some events have capacity limits (like the equine treadmill demonstration). Our most popular “How To Get Into Vet School” talk is repeated throughout the day.

  • My dog is really well-behaved and loves children. Can he come with me to Open House?

For the safety of our patients and guests, we ask that all pets stay at home for this event. Pets may not remain in a parked car at any time. Additionally, if you’ve traveled to a foreign country and had contact with animals within one week of Open House, we ask that you contact us at to discuss biosecurity risks.

  • What if I am separated from my child or lose my iPhone?

Open House covers more than 200,000 SF throughout four buildings.  The College has dedicated security staff for emergencies during Open House. A central lost-and-found area is located at the front desk of the Small Animal Hospital Atrium.

  • Can I take pictures during Open House?

Absolutely! We hope you’ll get social and tag us, too! #UFvetmed  @UFvetmed

  • What if I get hungry?

We’re proud to feature local eateries at our food truck rally. Most food trucks accept credit cards and we have an ATM onsite. You are also encouraged to bring a sack lunch and have a picnic on our beautiful campus.  Free water stations are available as well, so bring your own reusable water bottle!

  • I’m part of an awesome organization. Can my non-profit have a table at Open House?

Community support is what makes Open House such a fun event.  We encourage non-profit organizations with a focus on animals, education, agriculture, science, or OneHealth to contact by March 1. Unfortunately,  we can’t accommodate all organizations due to space limitations.  Please note we encourage you to bring flyers and recruit volunteers; campus regulations prohibit non-UF groups from collecting donations or selling merchandise at this event.