CVM Open House 2014: Our Animal Connections
Animals touch our daily lives from the food we eat, the products we consume, the health care advances we benefit from, and the services, entertainment, and companionship we enjoy. Wildlife species add to the beauty and wonder of our world. The connection between wildlife, domestic animals, the environment, and humans is called “One Health” and this concept is the foundation for veterinary medicine.
The 2014 Open House, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, will explore the One Health concept and our relationship with animals with more than 45 tour stops, special exhibits, demonstrations, and discussions on the connection between wildlife, domestic animals, the environment, and people.
As a special attraction, the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit "Animal Connections--Our Journey Together" will be available to tour during Open House. Housed in a mini-museum inside an expandable 18-wheeler, the 1,000-square foot science exhibit introduces visitors of all ages to the human-animal bond. Whether you’re an aspiring veterinarian, an animal lover, or a health care professional, you and your family will find something to capture your interest in this exhibit. Take a video tour now.
"Saving Lives Through Discovery" is an interactive exhibit that highlights several translational research investigations being conducted through the Center for Comparative Medicine and Translational Research that benefit people as well as animals. Topics include:
Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cells
- "Building Bionic Dogs" with Drs. Denis Marcellin-Little and Ola Harrison;
- "Growing Hearts and Bones in a Dish" with Drs. Ke Chang, Elizabeth Loboa, and Jorge Piedrahita
Infectious Diseases and Clinical Studies Core
- "Yard Monsters: Invisible Parasites" with Drs. Sid Thakur and Ricardo Maggi;
- "How Do We Know a New Drug Works" with Dr. Thierry Olivry and Janet Brogan.
Clinical Genomics and Neurobiology
- "Animal Planet Meets CSI" with Drs. Natasha Olby and Matthew Breen;
- "Brain Cells in Motion" with Dr. Troy Ghasghaei.
As always, the popular family event will offer the traditional opportunities to get up close with numerous animals large and small, special activities for young visitors, chances to talk with faculty and students, and fun and educational tour stops within the Veterinary Health and Wellness Center, the Equine and Farm Animal Veterinary Center, and the Randall B. Terry, Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center.