Local 4-H'ers attend Vet-A-Visit at MSU
Area 4-H members and parents board a bus to attend the recent Vet-A-Visit open house at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in East Lansing. The chartered transportation was provided by the Baiardi family. (Courtesy photo / April 11, 2013)
Vet-A-Visit is designed to showcase the college's state-of-the-art facilities, while teaching guests about the world of veterinary medicine. This was the college's 50th year sponsoring the event.
The theme was "One World, One Medicine, One Health." There was something for everyone -- from small pocket pets to horses, dairy cows and llamas to lizards and ferrets and birds. Visitors who were interested in becoming a licensed veterinary technician or doctor of veterinary medicine were able to attend presentations and round-table discussions offered to address questions about admission requirements, as well as life in the college.
More than 4,000 people attended the day-long event, which included booths and exhibits featuring: stuffed animal surgery, canine agility, Zeke the wonder dog, "vet school confidential," equine treadmill and dressage demonstrations, a painted horse, petting zoo, how to milk a cow, small animal exhibits, "so you want to be a vet," as well as kids' crafts and Vet-a-Visit merchandise.
For more information on the 4-H program, contact Diane M. Brazier at the Emmet County MSU Extension Office at (231) 439-8974.