Annual Open House & Community Outreach Event

thankyou students

We hope you had a great time at this year’s Open House. Save the date for next year; the UFCVM 2019 Open House is scheduled for April 13!

Updated April 25, 2018

The UFCVM welcomes participants of all abilities. Please contact Rachel DiSesa at rdisesa@ufl.edu to discuss accessibility arrangements.

 

Frequently Asked Questions 

  • When is Open House?

The 2019 Open House & Community Outreach Event is scheduled for April 13, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the campus of the UF College of Veterinary Medicine, 2015 SW 16th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608.

  • Who’s invited?

Everyone is welcome to learn about the exciting world of veterinary medicine. We have a wide range of activities, from fun games for little kids to hands-on demos for pre-vet college students.

  • Do I need to register?

There’s NO registration and NO cost to attend. Open House is free and open to the public!

  • 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 (offered throughout the day; these popular sessions have limited seating, so please arrive early!)Teddy Bear Clinic - bring your stuffed animal for repair by our veterinary medical studentsHands-on Mock Surgery Demonstration
Talks by faculty specialists on topics such as oncology and pet careLameness Locator DemonstrationsEquine Treadmill Demonstrations (these demonstrations have limited capacity for the safety of our horses; please arrive early)
Marion County Sheriff’s Mounted Unit Demonstrations“Manatee Rescue” Aquatic Animal Health Service ActivityFlorida State Agricultural Response Team (SART) Emergency Response Demonstrations
University Police Department K-9 Detection DemonstrationGames and prizes for kids provided by student organizationsFood truck rally featuring local eateries
“Dreamland” Anesthesia ServiceFARMS Goats InteractionChris P. Bacon, the pig on wheels
"OIL SPILL: The Experience" Zoological Medicine ActivityClinical Investigations LaboratoryLearn animal CPR

Need a sensory break? A quiet room is available in the Small Animal Hospital. Just come to the front desk for access.

 

  • Where can I find a complete schedule of talks and demonstrations?

The best way to learn about all the activities is by downloading our event app.  Click here to download the 2018 Open House event app (subject to updates).

  • 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 rdisesa@ufl.edu 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 rdisesa@ufl.edu by March 1. 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.

  • I can’t believe I missed Open House this year! Can I visit another time?

We offer pre-vet advising sessions for college students throughout the year. Please visit our Veterinary Education page to find out how to sign up.