The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech will host its Annual Open House on Saturday, March 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visitors will have the opportunity to take guided tours of the 225,000-square-foot complex, watch a police dog demonstration, see how tiny cameras take veterinarians inside dogs and cats, and learn about opportunities in food animal medicine, among other topics.

At 10 a.m., veterinary students will begin conducting guided tours of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and other college facilities. Tours last approximately 60 minutes and will depart throughout the day.

Children’s stuffed animals can be “surgically repaired” during a Teddy Bear Repair Clinic, which will be open all day. There will also be a children’s dog safety education room set up. Here, children 12 years and younger can learn how to safely approach and interact with dogs.

Demonstrations and informational sessions on radiology, endoscopy, ultrasound, equine thermography, electron microscopy and other topics will also be presented at the Annual Open House.

The day will feature sessions regarding when to take your pet to the vet. Here, participants will learn how to recognize emergency situations at home, list items to bring to the vet, and suggest first aid items to have at home.

A silent auction featuring gift certificates and merchandise from local merchants as well as merchandise provided by clubs and organizations in the veterinary college will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be a contest for the cutest dressed pet at 10:30 a.m.

Earlier in the day, the Annual Bob Duncan Memorial 5K will be held at the Virginia Tech cross country course at 9 a.m. All profits from the race benefit the Bob Duncan Memorial Diagnostic Veterinary Pathology Scholarship.

For more information, visit the Annual Open House website.

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