Open House

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine's Open House 

Details on last year's Open House:

April 15, 2023

Doors open to the public from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Open House is our opportunity to share the joys of our profession with the community. Veterinary students and members of the faculty and staff host this annual event that provides a chance for those interested to get a closer look at veterinary medicine. We invite you to tour our college and learn more about our facilities, our equipment and what we do every day.

Students, faculty members and staff will be on hand to answer your questions about a career as a veterinarian, a veterinary technician or an animal care specialist. Careers in veterinary medicine have traditionally involved working with dogs, cats, cows, horses, sheep and pigs. However, this rapidly growing field also provides opportunities to work in the animal health industry, government, armed forces and with many other species in zoos, wildlife refuges and developing countries.

Student with children and cat

Please note: Personal pets are NOT allowed at Open House.

Admission to the event is free.

Donations are encouraged!

Registration is not required.

Schedule of Activities 

Events, Demos and Tours 2023

Time Event Location
10:30 AM Wildlife Bingo Paddock LH 2
CUPD K9 Demo  LH 5
11:00 AM Admissions Presentation & Student Panel Yarnell LH 4
Scent Dog Demo  Agility Rink
Tour of Dairy Barn Teaching Dairy Barn
Story Time in the Veterinary Library (11 - 11:30am) Flower-Sprecher Veterinary Library
Farrier Demo  Farrier Shop
12:00pm Small Animal CPR Lecture Paddock LH 2
CUPD K9 Demo LH 5
Scent Dog Demo  Agility Rink
Farrier Demo Farrier Shop
1:00pm Admissions Presentation & Student Panel Yarnell LH 4
Agility Dog Demo  Agility Rink
Tour of Dairy Barn Teaching Dairy Barn
1:30pm Wildlife Bingo  Paddock LH 2
CUPD K9 Demo  LH 5
Farrier Demo  Farrier Shop
2:00pm Agility Dog Demo  Agility Rink
3:00pm Ag & Sustainability Lecture Paddock LH 2
CUPD K9 Demo  LH 5
Agility Dog Demo  Agility Rink
Tour of Dairy Barn Teaching Dairy Barn
Farrier Demo  Farrier Shop
ALL DAY Climate Change Movies {& popcorn!) 



  • Wildlife Bingo: Bingo with a wildlife animal twist. Come win some fun prizes!
  • CUPD K9 Demo: Police dog demo with Cornell University Police Department. 
  • Admissions Presentation & Student Panel: For those interested in applying to the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, as well as for those who just want to know more about veterinary education and careers in veterinary medicine, there will be admissions and veterinary career information sessions presented by the admissions director, Jennifer Mailey.
  • Scent Dog Demo: Watch trained scent dogs do their thing! 
  • Tour of Dairy Barn: A tour of the Vet School's very own Teaching Dairy Barn. Witness a demonstration of the milking process! (-3 minute drive away).
  • Veterinary Library Story Time: Join us for read-alouds of Sally Goes to the Vet (Stephen Huneck) and Pigeon Wants a Puppy (Mo Willems) and related, fun activities!
  • Farrier Demo: Horses wear shoes too1 Learn about shoeing a horse. 
  • Small Animal CPR Lecture: Learn about CPR in cats and dogs. 
  • Agility Dog Demo: Come see sport dogs do agility tricks! 
  • Agriculture & Sustainability Lecture: Learn about agriculture's impact on the environment and future steps being taken to improve! 



We will have a wide range of exhibits for you to enjoy, many back by popular demand!


Alfred State Vet Tech 
Blue Buffalo 
Canine Companions 
Cornell Companions 
Express Yourself Mural
Golden Retriever Club of Central NY 
Morris Animal Foundation Golden Retriever Study Public Health 
Purina Pro Plan 
SAVMA (Student American Vet Medical Assn.)
SCACVIM (Internal Medicine) 
Shelter Medicine 
Veterinary Emergency Group 
ZAWS/Wildlife Health Center 


Common Household Toxins 
Cornell DVM Admissions 
Dairy Princess 
Express Yourself Mural 
Hill's Pet Nutrition 
SAVMA Philanthropy 
Skull Identification & Anatomy 
Southside Healthy Pet Clinic 
SUNY Delhi Vet Tech 
Touch Table 
VCA Pet Hospitals 


Blossom the Fistulated Cow 
Equine Treadmill 
Minnie the Mini Horse 
Painted Horse 
Petting Zoo 


Theriogenology (rm S1-102) 
Climate Change Movies (rm S1-106) 
Dentistry (rm S1-114) 
WAVMA (World Aquatic Vet Med Assn.) (rm S1-116) Guiding Eyes for the Blind (Hagen Room) 
Small Animal Acupuncture (Classroom 6) 


Herpetology (rm S2-106) 
Ophthalmology (rm S2-110) 
ZAWS (rm S2-114) 
Physical exam - dog (rm S2-116) 
Physical exam - cat (rm S2-118) 
Pocket Pets (Centennial Room, rm S2-120) 


lmaging/X-rays (Dry Lab) 
Dress Like a Surgeon & Teddy Bear ER (Jr. Surgery)
Small Animal Water Treadmill (Rehab Hallway)
Face Painting (3rd floor) 
Farrier Demo (Farrier Shop) 
Parasitology (Wet Lab)--tick races happening every hour on the 15 and 45 minutes! 

Student with children and stuffed animal

  • Dentistry: learn about tooth health in your dogs and cats
  • Cardiology: learn all about animal CPR with our lifelike animal models 
  • Canine Water Treadmill: watch a dog use a water-filled treadmill and learn about rehabilitation
  • Imaging (ultrasound and radiology): see the inside like the veterinarians do! Discover more about the anatomy of your pets
  • Small Animal Physical Exam: get your hands on a pup or a cat and learn how the veterinarians do it
  • Equine treadmill: see a HORSE. On a TREADMILL. See a demonstration of our state-of-the-art performance treadmill used to study orthopedic and cardiovascular diseases of horses
  • Painted horse: get a beautiful image of a horse’s insides
  • Blossom the Fistulated Cow: our famous fistulated cow, will once again be showing off her rumen! Learn how cows digest their food
  • Petting zoo: come and meet a variety of farmyard friends
  • Pocket pets: chinchillas and rats can be awful sweet, come see
  • Herptiles: snakes and lizards to meet
  • Wildlife health: identify skulls, learn how to wrap an injured wing, dart a wild beast and learn about our Wildlife Health Center
  • Dress like a surgeon: get on all the gear you’ll need for your future
  • Teddy Bear ER: got a busted bear? Let the Cornell Vet Students fix it up. Vet Students will surgically repair your wounded stuffed animals* with TLC.
  • Face painting: Get your face painted with your favorite animal ($1.00 minimum donation)
  • Local Non-Profits: These groups are animal shelters and other animal-focused organizations within our community. Many bring animals along with them, and they’re all ready to answer questions and fill you in on what they do!
  • Corporate Sponsors, Government Agencies, Technician Schools: Come learn about some of the other aspects of animal health, from public health with the Health Department, to how to become a veterinary technician. We’ll also have a few sponsors with information on their pet products!

Other features

Annual SAVMA Sale of Cornell Apparel

The Cornell Dairy Bar, just a 5 minute walk from the veterinary school, sells an array of food items including sandwiches, snacks, and Cornell’s very own ice cream! Just follow the signs placed outside of the vet school to find the Dairy Bar.

Student assisting child with OR wear


Our doors will open at 10 am. Open House lasts until 4 pm. Parking and admission are free. Donations are accepted.

For your GPS use: 930 Campus Road, Ithaca, NY 14853

The Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine is at the intersection of Route 366 and Tower Road in Ithaca, New York. Open House visitors should park in the large "O" parking lot just off Tower Road and enter the college through the Veterinary Medical Center Public Entrance. The doors are under the open house banner in the Veterinary Education Center.

From the north: Take Route 34 South to Route 13 South to Ithaca; turn onto Buffalo Street; turn right onto Albany Street; turn left onto Green Street; turn left onto Route 366; at the Y intersection, bear right; turn left on to Tower Road across from Cornell Orchards.

From the northeast: Take Route 13 South toward Ithaca; turn left onto Route 366 (by NYSEG); turn right onto Tower Road across from Cornell Orchards.

From the south: Take Route 13 North to Ithaca; turn right onto Green Street; turn left onto Route 366; at the Y intersection, bear right; turn left on to Tower Road across from Cornell Orchards.

From the east: Take Route 79 West to Ithaca; turn right onto Pine Tree Road; continue until 4-way stop sign; turn right onto Route 366; turn left on to Tower Road across from Cornell Orchards.

From the west: Take Route 79 East, Route 96 South, or Route 89 South to Ithaca; after you cross the inlet bridge, turn right onto Fulton (one-way street); at the Route 13/Meadow Street intersection, continue straight across onto Clinton Street; turn left onto Albany Street; turn right onto Green Street; Green Street turns into State Street and continues to be Route 79 East; continue up State Street; bear left onto Mitchell Street; bear left onto Ithaca Street; turn right onto Route 366; turn left onto Tower Road across from Cornell Orchards.

For more information

Contact the Office of Student and Academic Services
Phone: 607-253-3700