Annual Open House & Community Outreach Event FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions 

  • What will I get to see?

The schedule changes slightly from year to year. Click here to view last year’s official program.

Previous Open House activities have included:

Tours of the UF Large and Small Animal Hospitals How to Get Into Veterinary School/Pre-Vet Advising Sessions 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 Teddy Bear Clinic  – sponsored by local veterinarians of the Alachua Veterinary Medical Association
Gypsy Gold Vanner Horses Chris P. Bacon, the pig on wheels Special appearance by Gator mascots Albert and Alberta
  • 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.

  • How much does it cost?

Open House is absolutely free and open to the public.  No registration is necessary.

  • 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

  • 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 February 1. Unfortunately,  we can’t accommodate all organizations due to space limitations.  Please note that while we encourage you to bring flyers and recruit volunteers, outside groups are not allowed to collect donations or sell merchandise at this event.