Annual Colorado State University Veterinary Hospital open house will feature chickens, miniature horses and family fun

Come learn about chickens, pet some animals and experience the Colorado State University James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital as part of its annual community open house on April 5-6. This open house is free and open to the public. Ample parking is available on site at 300 W. Drake Road in Fort Collins.

The annual Colorado State University Veterinary Hospital open house will feature chickens, miniature horses and family fun. In addition to a petting zoo that will feature miniature horses and 25 student-run booths, the schedule of events includes a variety of exciting activities.

On April 5, Dr. Kristy Pabilonia will conduct a seminar on how to raise your own backyard chickens and will provide a live demonstration as part of the open house activities. Dr. Melissa King will also present a talk on equine athletes and their care at CSU. Registration is required for Pabilonia’s talk as space is limited; to reserve a spot call 970-297-1269.

At 7 p.m. on April 5, Dr. Melissa King—a veterinarian with the Orthopaedic Research Center—will talk about equine sports medicine and the role it plays in the life of an equine athlete. The seminar will be immediately north of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the Diagnostic Medicine Center, 300 W. Drake Road, Building C, Room 101. Parking is available next to the building.

On April 6th, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. there will be a “Weird, Wild and Wacky” event with Dr. Matt Johnston, who will discuss zoological medicine at CSU. This talk will also include stories from his years of treating birds, lizards, fish and other exotic animals.

From 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on April 6 there will be back-to-back, one-hour demonstrations by Officer Sean Giddings with the Fort Collins Police Canine Unit on how canines and police work together to combat crime.

And from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on April 6, Dr. Sherri Stewart will hold the “So You Want to be a Veterinarian?” event, where interested participants will discuss what to expect and how to prepare for becoming a vet.

Large groups are encouraged to RSVP in advance at 970-297-1269. For more information and for a complete listing of events in the open house please visit

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