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CVM Offers Tours for Kindergarten through Fifth Grade

The mission of the NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is to provide high-quality veterinary medical education, conduct state-of-the-art biomedical research, and provide diagnostic and therapeutic services.

CVM facilities, as well as the expertise of the faculty and veterinary medical staff, present unique opportunities to foster and encourage North Carolina’s students to consider careers in science or veterinary medicine. In support of this goal, the CVM Office of Continuing Education and Outreach is pleased to offer tours to elementary students from kindergarten through fifth grade.

The tours—which will provide age-appropriate content and will vary according to the age/grade or particular interests of the group—are offered Wednesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. Each tour will be composed of three segments:

  1. A visit to the CVM Teaching Animal Unit. This segment will allow students to go on a walking tour of the live animal production facility that raises farm animals for the purpose of teaching veterinary students. Most common farm animal species raised in North Carolina will be visible, and they will change seasonally. This portion of the tour will be weather-permitting.
  2. A visit to the Anatomy Lab - this segment will show students interesting anatomical models, discuss how domestic species are alike and different, and answer questions from the group (presentations will vary according to the age/grade or particular interests of the group).
  3. A discussion of careers in veterinary medicine/science. This segment is designed to interest students in the range of career opportunities available to those who pursue a degree in veterinary medicine.

Tour groups should be composed of no less than 15 and no more than 30 students with a minimum of one adult for every five students in grades fourth and fifth, and one adult for every four children kindergarten to third grade.

Safety is a priority for visitors as well as for animals. Children visiting the Teaching Animal Unit will be provided with shoe covers and will not come in direct contact with animals. Any adult or student who has visited a foreign country within the previous month will not be allowed to tour the animal facilities.

To request a tour, please call Joan Walunas at 919-513-6259.