The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech's Annual Open House will be held on Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visitors will have the opportunity to take guided tours of the 225,000-square-foot complex, glimpse the inside of a dog's stomach, witness equine acupuncture, and learn about the modern veterinary medical profession, among other things.

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 at fifteen-minute intervals throughout the day. A video entitled "Veterinary Medicine: It's More Than You Think" will be shown periodically throughout the day.

Children's stuffed animals can be "surgically repaired" during a Teddy Bear Repair Clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a lesson on dog safety for kids will also be featured.

Demonstrations and informational sessions on radiology, endoscopy, ultrasound, equine thermography, electron microscopy and other topics will also be presented throughout the day.

The day will feature a lecture at 10:30 a.m. entitled "Salmonella: What's in Your Peanut Butter?" by Dr. Kevin Pelzer, an associate professor in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences.

Presentations on how to prepare a competitive application for veterinary college will be made at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., and presentations on equine colic will be featured at 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.

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. - 2 p.m.

The annual Omega Tau Sigma Service Dog of the Year Award will be presented at 2 p.m. and the St. Francis of Assisi Service Dog Foundation will present a demonstration on how dogs are trained to help those with physical challenges.

For more information, please visit the Annual Open House website.

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