KEEPING THE COMMUNITY CONNECTED
These are popular events attracting thousands of visitors because there are so many things to do. Visitors can look for buried bones, participate in teddy bear surgery, visit petting zoos, dress like a surgeon, do a physical exam on a pony, and guess how many fleas are in a jar. And of course there are animals everywhere.
Veterinary school open houses are one or two day events where the colleges open up their doors to children who aspire to become veterinarians. Participants can tour the facilities and see the examination rooms, the laboratories, surgical wards and so much more.
I probably always loved animals but I am certain that these experiences were a great influence on my decision two years later to become a veterinarian. There is nothing like bird watching to teach a future veterinarian the very important skill of observation. As one instructor in my veterinary college once said “Most veterinarians miss a diagnosis because they don’t do a good exam. They didn’t carefully observe the patient.” Bird watching teaches you to look carefully.
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