PULLMAN, Wash. — The Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine will host a public open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 17 at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

The teaching hospital is located just south and east of the French Administration building on the WSU campus. 

The day will be highlighted by public presentations on veterinary topics provided for animal owners.  At 11 a.m., board-certified animal behaviorist Dr. Pat Pryor will make a presentation on horse behavior.  At 11:45 a.m., Dr. Russ Tucker, head of the WSU veterinary hospital’s radiology service, will discuss medical imaging’s role in veterinary medicine.  An equine first aid discussion will follow at 12:30 p.m., and at 1 p.m., Dr. Jim Lincoln’s presentation on hip dysplasia for dog owners will complete the series. 

The open house will feature a variety of other activities, giveaways and educational programs for people of all ages, especially young people considering a career in the health sciences.  Tours of the $38 million facility will be conducted throughout the day. Also, the college’s Draft Horse Club will provide free wagon rides around parts of campus with “Jenkins” and will demonstrate harnessing for those interested.

Other activities include a presentation on how to produce X-ray films and how to see injuries and other abnormalities on them.  A selection of plants that are toxic to pets and livestock will also be displayed. 

A horse and cow with their unique anatomy painted on their sides will be on hand, and WSU veterinary students will explain how the structures work. There will be booths that allow people to guess the weight of a cow on the hoof and the age of a horse from its teeth.  A farrier will demonstrate the art of shoeing animals.

Numerous booths will provide giveaways, including free pet food and treats for animals. Carnations will be provided for all mothers. Several booths will give away surgical scrub tops, briefcases, portfolios, pens and pencils.  There will also be booths selling T-shirts, water bottles and unique cat toys.

WSU’s cougar mascot, “Butch,” will be available for photos and autographs.