Smithsonian exhibit on site during Annual Open House, April 5!

The College of Veterinary Medicine Annual Open House now has an exciting new attraction! “Animal Connections: Our Journey Together,” a 1,000 square foot custom-built exhibit housed on an 18-wheel truck will be on site from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 5 at the Veterinary Medicine Academic Building, 1900 Coffey Rd. 

Presented by the Smithsonian Institution to mark the 150th anniversary of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in 2013, “Animal Connections: Our Journey Together,” uses a dynamic combination of interactive learning stations, films and touch screen videos, and three-dimensional settings to explore topics about animals in the home, on the farm, in the wild, at the zoo and in the veterinary clinic. It also highlights the varied roles veterinarians play in the health of animals.

The project is made possible through support from the American Veterinary Medical Foundation and the generous support of founding sponsor, Zoetis, Inc., a company that discovers, develops and manufactures veterinary vaccines and medicines.

The Annual Open House at the college allows animal lovers and prospective veterinary students the opportunity to learn more about animal care and health and professional career opportunities. Visitors to campus can take self-guided tours of the Veterinary Medical Center (VMC), speak with veterinary students and professionals in the field of veterinary medicine, and participate in a variety of hands-on activities and displays designed for all ages and interests.

More information about activities at the Open House are available at

Visitors to “Animal Connections” can continue the learning experience online at The site includes resources on animal care and careers in veterinary medicine.


Posted March 31, 2014