Public has opportunity to see behind the scenes of veterinary medicine


Open House at the UT Veterinary Medical Center
The public is invited to attend an open house at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Anatomy, large animal and small animal displays can be seen throughout the self-guided tour. Photo courtesy UTIA.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine will hold its annual open house Saturday, April 11, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The free event will take place, rain or shine, on the UT agricultural campus, located on Neyland Drive. 
Children are encouraged to bring their stuffed animals to the Teddy Bear Clinic for veterinary students to examine. Guests will learn about dog bite prevention and tour exhibits featuring small animal medicine, large animal medicine, community organizations, and pet rescue groups. The anatomy lab with various skeletons and plastinated specimens is always a crowd favorite. Canine and equine parades of breeds are scheduled throughout the day. Guests can also enjoy learning about various cat breeds and farm animal breeds.
The open house includes the recently renovated Farm Animal Hospital and the Equine Performance and Rehabilitation Center.
No registration for individuals is necessary. Please do not bring pets. Groups of 15 or more are asked to visit the “frequently asked questions” section of the website at for further guidelines.
The self-guided tour begins in the equine arena and continues through the Veterinary Medical Center.
The veterinary open house is held each year to better acquaint the public with veterinary medicine and the services provided at the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, which was established in 1974. Visit  or call 865-974-7377 for additional information.
One of 28 accredited veterinary colleges in the United States, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine educates students in the art and science of veterinary medicine and related biomedical sciences, promotes scientific research and enhances human and animal well-being.
In addition to the programs of the College of Veterinary Medicine, the UT Institute of Agriculture also provides instruction, research and public service through the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT AgResearch system of 10 research and education centers and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.   
Sandra Harbison, CVM media relations, 865-974-7377,