Menagerie of dogs, mules and horses attracts families to open house

Families and prospective students bustled about the MU College of Veterinary Medicine on Saturday, April 18, for the annual Open House. The event stretched from the Vet Med building to the Trowbridge Livestock center, with an array of activities between. The college hosts the event to educate the public and bring awareness of the college’s presence in Columbia, Missouri.

“The object of the event is two-fold,” said coordinator of student recruitment, Doug Tindall, “educate the public of what the profession of a vet involves…and the goings on of life as a student of the vet school.”

Amy Lack, a student ambassador of the MU College of Veterinary Medicine, said the goal of the event was “to get the general public in to the vet school to see what we do…to get our name out there.”

“It’s a great event for high school students to find out how to get in,” said Lack.

As an ambassador, Lack helps with tours for prospective students and other groups interested in learning about the college. She also volunteers for camps and promotional events hosted by the college.

Tindall and his team of students and volunteers started their Saturday morning at 6:00 a.m. in order to have everything set up for the first visitors. Even though the event is advertised to run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tindall said families show up as early as 8:30 a.m. Participants travel from other states such as Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas, so they often make the drive all in one day.

“It is the best platform to present…the extension is the most we could ever really have,” said Tindall.

Purina Incredible Dogs was the main attraction of the event. Families flocked around the presentation area, outside of the Vet Med Building. The Purina team exhibited the amazing agility of the different dogs. The team travels all over the country to compete in agility competitions.

Participants of the open house could walk from one building to the next, and find plenty of entertainment from face painting, to petting the mules of the Missouri Mule Team, to observing live-animal shows in the Trowbridge Livestock Center.

Photos by Aubrey Jameson
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The lifestyle of a gypsy has been planted in my blood, and my past experiences of moving have taught me to be flexible with new places. Therefore, the place I call home is a hard subject to explain. Nebraska is where I was born and raised until the age of 12. My family and I lived in multiple locations in Nebraska before moving to Colorado in 2004. Colorado was my home until I graduated high school. My parents are originally from northwest Missouri; so, if I had to pick a place that most feels like home, it would be our family farm just north of Kansas City. My dad is now running his cow-calf operation off of this farm, and our home address is Smithville, Mo. Moving from place-to-place has developed my strongest passions of travel and experiencing new culture. My goal is to work as a social media strategist, using content marketing through social media platforms. I am excited to see what the future holds for the new path I have chosen.