The LSU Vet School held its 35th annual open house Saturday with this year’s theme being “one health, one community.”
The open house provides the opportunity for the community to learn about veterinary medicine and the latest in animal healthcare. The self-guided tour gave visitors a behind-the-scenes look of the science behind animal health.
“We’re showing off the vet school. Everything we do, our research programs, everything our students take part in, the different clubs and opportunities we have at the vet school, and then also, how the vet school plays an impact on our community. So, exhibiting our role in the previous Baton Rouge flood, exhibiting Mike the Tiger, Mike VI, and different things to show our role in the Baton Rouge community, and different opportunities that we offer students and the public,” said Michelle Bourgeois, a second year vet student.
“We came on a field trip from our school from Lafayette, and most of the kids are in the biomedical program. We just came to see all of the animals, and how things are done and the procedures that are performed over here. It’s really interesting, and I think a lot of us would want to pursue careers in vet science or something medical. So, that really meant a lot to a bunch of us,” said Zoe Simar, a high school student.
“It’s just fun to work with animals, and I like to work with animals because it’s cool,” said Reece McCann, an attendee.
The tour included a demonstration of K-9 training by the Baton Rouge Police Department, a petting zoo and many other activities.