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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.

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Events include:

Hospital Tours

  • Take a tour of the Purdue University Small Animal Hospital and see the high standard of care that is offered to animals that walk through its doors.
  • Closed-toed shoes are required. Food and drinks are not allowed.


  • Watch an educational video about the process of the typical spaying of a female animal with guidance at each step.
  • Come watch a highly talented Police Canine show you the daily tasks they perform in their role. 
  • Step in on one of the multiple Physical Therapy demonstrations in their state of the facility. 

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, endoscopes, and radiology! Children will even get a chance to put on a surgeon's attire.

Come See the Creepy Crawlies

  • Learn what can harm your pets! Veterinary students will showcase all the -ologies they learn about in their second year.

Indiana State Fair 4-H Winners

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

Petting Zoo

  • Visit a multitude of animals such as baby chicks, sheep, horses, and more. You will even have the opportunity to meet Purdue's farm animals.

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 shelters to spay and neuter shelter dogs and cats to advance their adoptions.

Food Options

  • Grab a bite to eat from the Food Animal Club, stationed outside in a tent serving burgers, hot dogs, and sides (vegetarian options available).

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 veterinary team members.

Learn About PVM's Various Clubs

  • Exotics Club
  • Shelter Medicine Club
  • Veterinary Students as One in
  • Culture and Ethnicity (VOICE)
  • Student Veterinary Emergency and
  • Critical Care Society
  • Food Animal Club
  • And many more!

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

2024 PVM Open House

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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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