Families were able to get a behind-the-scenes look at the animals and facilities at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine’s open house event Saturday at its campus on Wire Road.

The college, which has been hosting the annual event for more than 30 years, offers guests the chance to interact with animals and learn about educational opportunities that are offered through the veterinary medical profession.

There was a variety of programs throughout the morning and afternoon that included a tour of the Bailey Small Animal Hospital, the canine parade of breeds and a detector dog demonstration. The event also had a program from the Southeastern Raptor Center.

Throughout the day, there were activities that included a petting zoo, a showcase of exotic animals, an equine display of breeds and a paleontology dig. Children had the chance to perform teddy bear surgery at the event.

High school students interested in veterinary medicine had the opportunity to learn more about the college during a presentation that was given at the event.

Auburn resident Paige Nelson enjoys coming to the college where her sister was a graduate.

“It was nice seeing the changes since she graduated,” Nelson said.

Nelson liked touring the Bailey Small Animal Hospital.

“Their radiology department was top notch,” Nelson said.

Marsha Martin came from West Point, Ga. to be at the event with her grandchildren.

“It’s amazing,” Martin said. “They get to touch, feel and look through microscopes. It’s so kid friendly.”

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