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Veterinary Hospital Open House a Success


April 22, 2016

A newborn foal was on display at the Picnic Day tour of the UC Davis veterinary hospital.

A newborn foal was on display at the Picnic Day tour of the UC Davis veterinary hospital.

On April 16, the UC Davis veterinary hospital hosted an open house on Picnic Day for the first time in five years. Hospital staff and students presented many activities for visitors that included alumni, clients, perspective students, parents and members of the local community. Many were exposed to the present state of veterinary medicine for the first time, and were amazed at the advanced level of care now available for animals. 

Guided tours of the hospital commenced every 10-15 minutes from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Hundreds of participants filled the 20 tours to capacity. The 12-stop tour included opportunities to learn more about several aspects of the hospital including blood banking, ophthalmology, cardiology, imaging, large animal health and anatomy.

The UC Davis Veterinary Emergency Response Team showcased its large animal rescue initiatives with a demonstration in the veterinary hospital’s horse arena. Additional activities included information booths on how to support student programs, school activities open to the public, and animal care services offered at the hospital.

Other Picnic Day activities sponsored by the School of Veterinary Medicine included a presence at the UC Davis Police Department’s K-9 demonstrations, student-made float in the parade, and the always popular Doxie Derby – a 30-year tradition of Dachshund races which draws thousands of fans at the campus ARC Pavilion.

Since its inception in 1909, Picnic Day has become the signature event of UC Davis, attracting tens of thousands of visitors to campus every spring. Believed to be the largest student-run event in the nation, Picnic Day showcases the richness of diversity and achievement at UC Davis and the surrounding community in the areas of research, teaching, service, and campus life.