The students, staff and faculty of the School of Veterinary Medicine welcome you to Picnic Day, the nation's largest university "open house" event. The all-day event takes place rain or shine on Saturday, April 19 at UC Davis.
School of Veterinary Medicine clubs and classes will showcase a wild array of animal-related events for the entire family at various locations and times.
Most events are free.
The Picnic Day Parade Saturday morning features a colorful float created by the enthusiastic DVM Class of 2011. 9 a.m. Location: Follow your ears as the Aggie Band-uh leads the parade on a route through campus and downtown Davis.
The Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital will host open house tours. Self-guided tours. Exhibits may include hatching baby chicks and other animals to view, a large animal rescue display, and demonstrations of a horse running full speed on a treadmill. Our students learn essential clinical skills in this setting, and the nation's largest veterinary specialty residency program is based here. 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Location: VMTH, Health Sciences Complex, west of LaRue Road and south of Hutchison Drive. Parking: Lots 50, 51, 55.
The Class of 2010 presents the School of Veterinary Medicine Doxie Derby, a hilarious series of races of standard and miniature dachshunds. People come year after year to see their favorites compete. Or not. 1 p.m. Location: Activities & Recreation Center "ARC" Pavilion, LaRue Road. Parking: Lot 25. Attendance is free; competitors register dogs in advance. See related story
The Fish and Invertebrate Species Health, or FISH club, will be handing out informational cards on fish species and healthful types of fish to eat. All day. Location: Surge III (Outside), Hutchison Drive at Bioletti Way. Parking: West Entry Parking Structure, Hutchison at Kleiber Hall Drive, or Lots 40 or 41.
At the same location, the Wildlife and Aquatic Animal Medicine club will be inviting local wildlife rehabilitation groups in with some of their resident birds to talk about bird rescue. Veterinary students will be on hand to answer questions. Visitors will also learn how volunteers clean and care for birds involved in oil spills in a simulated oil spill cleanup with rubber ducks to wash and specimens to touch. All day. Location: Surge III (Inside), Hutchison Drive at Bioletti Way. Parking: West Entry Parking Structure, Hutchison at Kleiber Hall Drive, or Lots 40 or 41. Link: Veterinarians of the Oiled Wildlife Care Network provide veterinary care for animals injured in oil spills throughout California.
Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine Club Visitors can view and touch multiple bird species and other exotic pets. Veterinary students will answer your questions about the animals. All day. Location: Surge III, Hutchison Drive at Bioletti Way. Parking: West Entry Parking Structure, Hutchison at Kleiber Hall Drive, or Lots 40 or 41.
Dog Breed Showcase The Canine Medicine Club offers a wonderful (and fun) opportunity to see rare and unusual dogs as well as more popular breeds. During two parades, spectators see different breeds in the spotlight and learn about the particular breed’s history, temperament, and medical issues. This event is free, though selection of participants is on a "first come, first served" basis. The club also sponsors Jack Russell Terrier races. Noon-1:00 p.m. and 2:30-3:30 pm. Location: Dutton Hall Field, "A" Street. Parking: North Entry Parking Structure, or Lot 5.
The Canine Medicine Club also presents the Frisbee Dog Contest. Each dog will have one minute to get in as many throws as possible. There will be prizes for the top three dogs, so get ready to watch them jump it out to be top dog! This event is free, but space is limited. Participants are selected in advance, and the contest usually fills up months in advance. 2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Location: Recreation field near corner of Dairy Road and Hutchison Drive. Parking: West Entry Parking Structure, Hutchison at Kleiber Hall Drive.
Feline Breed Showcase The Feline Medicine Club exhibits cats from local rescue groups that are in need of homes. Kids can get their faces painted by real live veterinary students. Club members provide details about purebred and mixed-breed cats. Students also present facts about pet overpopulation, a serious animal welfare problem, show orphaned kittens fostered by the students, and provide contacts with feline rescue organizations. Surge III, Hutchison Drive at Bioletti Way. Parking: West Entry Parking Structure, Hutchison at Kleiber Drive, or Lots 40 or 41.
Autism research Visit the Center for Children's Environmental Health table to learn about research into autism. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Location: Meyer Hall, Room 1135 (first floor). Please call 530-754-8157 for more information about activities scheduled for April's Autism Awareness Month.
Please note that times and locations are subject to change; check the Picnic Day Web site or event flyer on Picnic Day for updates.
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