Students stay busy this spring
The 44th Annual Open House attracted several thousand animal lovers. During the day-long event, people from Ithaca and the surrounding areas – and some from a bit farther away, like Long Island – talked with current veterinary students and faculty about the health and welfare of animals. Students presented a variety of topics, including what happens during routine physical examinations for companion animals; how veterinary hospitals test for respiratory function in performance horses, and a petting zoo with piglets, chicks, and cows. They also talked children through “surgery” on stuffed bears, monkeys, turtles, and a variety of other “best friends” at the annual Dress Like a Surgeon and Teddy Bear ER interactive components. The College’s farrier, Michael Wildenstein, demonstrated his centuries-old craft; Dr. Andrea Looney showcased the benefits of the underwater treadmill for dogs; and others offered lectures on emergency and critical care for animals, pet toxicology, public health issues, pet behavior and the Iditarod. Representatives from community groups, including the k-9 police unit and canine agility programs, were also standing-room only attractions at the event.
This year’s event was organized by Priyangani DeSoyza and Kristi Hulme, both members of the Class of 2012, who recruited fellow students and faculty to develop and staff the exhibits, demonstrations, and lectures.
“This is our signature event for the community,” said Anna Hutchinson, a member of the Class of 2012. “It is a chance for the College to share the tremendous breadth of opportunities that comprise the profession. It gives students a chance to put our learning to excellent use and to strengthen our communication skills. We’re looking forward to planning next year’s event and hope to see many familiar faces. There’s something new every year.”
More Open House pictures.
The second annual Pedal for Pets was also a success, thanks to lots of hard work and leadership by a group of students. Members of SCAVMA organized three adult rides that took cyclists through several counties and towns and up various hills as well as two youth rides through the Plantations. More than 70 riders participated in the event, which was a fundraiser for the Patient Assistance Fund at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals. The fund serves as a resource for patients whose families do not have the resources to pay for the medical treatment they need. Donations to the event will be accepted through May 1. To support the Patient Assistance Fund, please visit the online giving site.
Under Designation select Cornell University Hospital for Animals. Under Other Designation, type Patient Assistance Fund.
More Pedal for Pets pictures.