Indiana State Fair Shines Spotlight on Purdue Veterinary Medicine

July 29, 2016

A sure sign of summer coming to a close is the Indiana State Fair, which opens Friday, August 5 in Indianapolis, and will once again feature significant involvement by the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine.  Most notably, the College will host surgery demonstrations and the Indiana State Fair Vet Camp for the entire run of the fair, which concludes August 20.

The demonstrations and Vet Camp will be held in a tent that also will house exhibits and interactive displays on the north side of the fairgrounds, adjacent to one of the main State Fair entrances. Faculty and staff also will give lectures and present demonstrations about several topics, and veterinary student ambassadors for the college will help facilitate the activities. The surgery demonstrations are done in cooperation with the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association.

There will be two camp sections. Junior Vet Camp, for students in sixth through eighth grades, will be 9 a.m. until noon Aug. 5-7, 13-14 and 20, and 5-7 p.m. on Aug. 9 and Aug. 18. Senior Vet Camp, for students in grades nine through 12, is 1-4 p.m. Aug. 5-7, 13-14 and 20, and 5-7 p.m. on Aug. 11 and Aug. 16. 

"The Indiana State Fair is a great location where we can showcase the important role that veterinary medical professions play in the lives of Indiana citizens every day," said Dr. Jim Weisman, clinical associate professor and director of PVM Student Services, who is the first veterinarian to serve as a member of the State Fair Board, and is this year's fair vice president. "We are honored to partner with the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association to provide the live surgery demonstrations, and look forward to providing wonderful hands-on learning experiences for young people through the Indiana State Fair Vet Camps."

The College of Veterinary Medicine also helps behind the scenes. For the third consecutive year, PVM faculty and veterinary students will provide veterinary care for all the fair’s exhibition animals.  Click here to view a complete news release about PVM’s involvement in the Indiana State Fair.

Writer: Kevin Doerr,

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