The Purdue Veterinary Medicine Open House

Saturday, April 15 th, 2023

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 get to see the high standard of care that is offered to all the animals that walk through the doors.


  • Watch a demonstration of a horse on a treadmill! The treadmill test is used to diagnose lameness, respiratory, and cardiovascular issues in horses.
  • Observe a live spay demonstration and listen to the step by step process outlined by one of our top surgeons.
  • How Veterinary Nurses bandage the leg of a cat or dog.
  • Join our First year students through the different body systems and test your knowledge! Play with fancy new ultrasound machines and 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.

Canine Educator Program

  • Learn about our Canine Educator program that aids veterinary and veterinary nursing students in the fundamentals of canine medicine. 

Outdoor Events

  • Paint horseshoes and get to see a painted horse sponsored through Purdue's Equine Club.
  • 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.
  • Visit a multitude of animals at the outside petting zoo such as baby chicks, sheep, and horses. People will even have the opportunity to meet Ethyl, Purdue's resident fistulated cow, and examine her rumen contents.

Veterinary Nurses

  • Meet our veterinary nursing students and learn about our Veterinary Nursing program! Kids can play "Guess what's on the x-ray," color and paint at the art station, and join an interactive bandaging session where the students demonstrate how to bandage a dog’s leg!

Primary Care

  • Learn about the Purdue University Veterinary Hospital's Primary Care Service and tips on pet health care.

Learn About PVM's Various Clubs including:

  • Pets for People
  • Cat Club
  • Exotics Club
  • Pathology Club
  • Veterinary Students as One in Culture and Ethnicity
  • Christian Veterinary Fellowship
  • Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society
  • Veterinary Sports Medicine & 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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