Visit the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine for a day filled with animal friends, fun, and interesting information. Staff members identifiable by Open House shirts can answer questions or help meet any needs during your tour. Comfortable, closed-toe shoes are recommended for touring the CVM. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times and please leave pets at home. Watch for the special exhibit, "Animal Connections: Our Journey Together."
You could begin your day at the Randall B. Terry, Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center, one of the nation's most advanced veterinary hospitals. Our specialists lecture world-wide on various diseases in their area of expertise and oversee leading research and training programs. The primary focus of the Terry Center, however, remains providing accessible, first-rate care for your pet using a team approach involving veterinary specialists, your regular veterinarian, house officers, senior veterinary students and highly trained technical staff. Displays demonstrate advances in companion animal care and what the Terry Center has to offer! (See video). No live animals will be on display for this tour. As an educational and informational exhibition, this tour is best suited for visitors ages seven and older.
Main CVM Building & Grounds
Enter the main CVM Building for more than 25 tour stops on two floors and in nearby corrals and pens. This is the place for getting up close with animals large and small. Learn about One Health--the link between wildlife, domestic animals, the environment, and humans. See all kinds of skeletons in the anatomy lab, check out parasites in the microscope lab, view live surgeries, and stop by the Teddy Bear Clinic where ailing stuffed animals receive tender care. The CVM admissions office will provide information sessions, talks in the Pet Health Zone will interest current and future pet owners, and Cat Warren--author, trainer, NC State associate professor--will give a special presentation on the science and wonder of working dogs. (See video). Live animals include: mare and foal, fistulated steer, mules, cows, pigs, poultry, sheep, goats, alpacas, mussels, turtles, fish, snakes, lizards, rabbits, mice, rats, and kittens.
CVM Research Building
Also new for the Open House 2014 is an opportunity to learn about significant CVM investigations and research advancements through special exhibits and talking with attending faculty, graduate students, and lab staff members. Developed to be of interest to the entire family, the interactive research displays will include microscopes, objects to handle, and short videos. 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; and
- "Brain Cells in Motion" with Dr. Troy Ghasghaei.
Due to certain health risks:
- Please do not bring your pets to Open House.
- Please do not attend if you have traveled overseas after March 8.
- Remember to wash your hands after touching the animals (especially before eating).