The Purdue Veterinary Medicine Open House

Saturday, April 13, 2024

10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. EST

The PVM Open House is free and open to everyone! We look forward to seeing you there!

The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine hosts an Open House each year during Spring Fest to educate the public on all of the different aspects of veterinary medicine. The mission of Purdue Veterinary Medicine (also known as PVM) is to "advance global animal and human health and well-being through excellence in learning, discovery, and engagement." This is emphasized in the multitude of events held each year during PVM’s Open House.

Events include:

Hospital Tours

  • Take a tour of the Purdue University Veterinary Hospital and see the high standard of care that is offered to animals that walk through its doors.


  • Did you know horses have treadmills too? Come watch equine athletes on this special treadmill, showing the strength and agility of this species as well as the utility of the treadmill in veterinary medicine.
  • Watch an educational video about the process of a typical spay of a female animal with fourth-year veterinary students leading you through each step.
  • Visit with furred and feathered residents from Humane Indiana’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Program and learn about the work the non-profit does in service to Indiana’s native wildlife.
  • Play with ultrasound machines, attempt a rectal palpation, and find little surprises with our Theriogenology Club.

Dress Like a Surgeon and Teddy Bear Suturing

  • Learn the ins and outs of surgery with the third-year veterinary students including suturing teddy bears! Children will even get a chance to put on a surgeon's attire.

Walk Through the GI Tract

  • Journey through the four different compartments of the monogastric gastrointestinal tract with our second year veterinary students.

Indiana State Fair 4-H Winners

  • See the Veterinary Science posters and projects displayed from the state 4-H winners.

Petting Zoo

  • Visit a multitude of animals such as baby chicks, sheep, and horses. You will even have the opportunity to meet Purdue's resident cannulated cow and examine her rumen contents.

Canine Educator Program

  • Learn about our Canine Educator program that aids veterinary and veterinary nursing students in the fundamentals of canine medicine, and say hello to some of the Canine Educators.

Shelter Medicine

  • Learn about Priority 4 Paws, a mobile surgery unit that travels to nearby animal shelter to spay and neuter shelter dogs and cats to advance their adoptions.

Outdoor Events

  • Grab a bite to eat from the Food Animal Club, stationed outside in a tent serving burgers, hot dogs, and sides (vegetarian options available).
  • Hear about the day-to-day life of law enforcement K-9s and their officers direct from the source with the West Lafayette Police Department.

Veterinary Nurses

    • Meet our veterinary nursing students and learn about our #1 Ranked  Veterinary Nursing program! There will be interactive activities to learn about the important jobs of all members of the veterinary team.

Learn About PVM's Various Clubs including:

  • Exotics Club
  • Food Animal Club
  • Internal Medicine Club
  • Pets for People
  • Shelter Medicine Club
  • Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society
  • Theriogenology Club
  • VOICE (Veterinarians as One Inclusive Community for Empowerment)
  • Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Club

Families and children are invited to pick up a Graduation Day card at the Welcome Table and visit the various clubs and events, collecting stamps as they go. Once the card is completed, children can receive their diploma and graduation photo at the information booth!

Past Photo Galleries

2022 PVM Open House


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2019 PVM Open House


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2018 PVM Open House

Photo Gallery from the 2018 PVM Open House

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2017 PVM Open House

Photo Gallery from the 2017 PVM Open House

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2016 PVM Open House

Photo Gallery from the 2016 PVM Open House

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2015 PVM Open House

Photo Gallery from the 2015 PVM Open House

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