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CVM Puts the ā€œVā€ in VEISHEA . . . in style!

Date: 
April 26, 2011

VEISHEA 2011 may not go down in the record books as one of the best weather days of the year, but it will be remembered for the great open house at the College of Veterinary Medicine. As the CVM VEISHEA co-chairs, Emily Frandson and Gretta Albrecht, wrote, the college “puts the ‘V’ in VEISHEA . . . who would attend something called “EISHEA?”

Approximately 850 people attended the VEISHEA open house at the college on Saturday, April 16. Between 70 and 80 CVM students participated in rotating shifts at club and working exhibits, providing visitors with a unique look at what veterinarians do and the role our college plays in preparing veterinarians for their careers.

According to VEISHEA advisor and Communications Specialist, Tracy Raef, “The CVM student groups really stepped forward and with great support from SCAVMA, produced what has to be one of the best open houses in recent years.” VM1 students arranged and staffed the petting zoo; VM2s were in charge of publicity and the college parade entry; and VM3s worked with the college clubs and groups, and the VEISHEA store that sold college and student club apparel and promotional items.

Dean Lisa K. Nolan commented, “It was great seeing our students turn out in such numbers to host visitors, despite some not so pleasant weather. They provided a truly remarkable window to the college and what we do here. My congratulations and thanks to Emily, Gretta, Tracy and everyone for their efforts.”

Features this year included the Wild Life Care Clinic, which has typically had a display on the central campus, Canine CPR lessons, and Dress-Up-Like-A-Veterinarian and pictures with a pig mascot for kids. Other highlights included a petting zoo featuring reptiles, calves, goats, lambs, guinea pig, dogs and a full size donkey. There was even a room for volunteers to take a break and recharge during event. The palpation experience, canine CPR lessons, interactive teddy bear suture lab and animal mask-making activities drew big crowds while club exhibits, Ambassador-led tours, and the store added something for everyone. The Shelter Club sponsored a “Meet and Greet” of local shelter dogs available for adoption, and ten club members marched the full parade route to promote “Adopt A Shelter Pet.”

“Students were really excited to help out with activities this year,” said Emily Frandson, co-chair. “You could tell they enjoyed themselves and strove to make the club activities good for all ages. Groups of middle school and high school students came to enjoy the festivities, and it was really great to see them all having a blast with the animals.”

Faculty and staff participated as well as students with Dr. Lin Kauffman serving as veterinarian-in-charge; Drs. Mike Yeager, Ron Griffith, and Jesse Goff loaned animals for the petting zoo; ISU's Laboratory Animal Resources provided pens; and the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center barn team provided straw and buckets. Kathy Kuehl from the Office of Academic and Student Affairs gave a presentation to prospective students. Dr. Alex Ramirez was the official photographer for this year’s Open House.

It was a full day wrapping up with everyone taking on a sizeable clean-up job that eliminated any visible sign of the enjoyable time had by appreciative visitors. “All in all, it was a great effort by a lot of people to showcase the college and what we do here at a very busy time of year,” said Dean Nolan, “You provided a very public face for our college. Thank you and your organizations for putting on this outstanding display!”

2011 VEISHEA Committee Members:
Alexis Bogosian (VM1)
Allison Flinn (VM1)
Tai Ogg (VM1)
Allison Meiszburg (VM2)
Nick Sterner (VM2)
Gretta Albrecht (VM3)
Emily Frandson (VM3)