Petting zoo, CAM the Ram, and food trucks at Veterinary Teaching Hospital Open House April 21

The James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital welcomes our community to the 39th annual Open House from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 21.

Organized by students in Colorado State University’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program, the free Open House features hospital tours, educational talks and demonstrations, kids’ activities, a petting zoo – as well as food trucks, and visits with CAM the Ram.

New this year

Teddy Bear Clinic: children can bring a stuffed animal in for “surgery.” Students in the surgery club will will actually cut and stitch a heart into stuffed animals, so parents might want to bring an old stuffed animal or a new one just for this purpose. There will be bandaging and other options for kids who don’t want Mr. Snuggles to have an incision.

child in surgical cap holding tweezers over a stuffed bear
At the Veterinary Teaching Hospital Open House, kids can perform surgery on Teddy bears. (John Eisele/CSU photo)

Walk with a Doc and a Dog: Take a stroll with our veterinary cancer specialists Dr. Doug Thamm and Dr. Kristen Weishaar. The group will meet at 9 a.m. at the main (west-facing) entrance of the Diagnostic Medical Center, just north of the hospital. Dogs are welcome on the walk, but are not allowed into the Open House activities, for their own safety and that of others. Learn more about this monthly activity on the CSU Walk with a Doc and a Dog Facebook page.


  • A petting zoo and activities for kids will run throughout the day.
  • CAM the Ram will visit from noon to 2 p.m.
  • Hospital tours will run from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., beginning every 15 minutes from the tour start inside the Diagnostic Medicine Center.
  • Animal anatomy lessons, animal-related crafts, and presentations by veterinary student groups.
  • Food trucks will operate from mid-morning until mid-afternoon.

About the hospital and the DVM program

Students in the CSU Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program learn veterinary clinical skills at the hospital, where 79 faculty veterinarians provide medical care for pets, horses and livestock. These animal doctors represent 28 boarded specialties that match specialties in human medicine, such as cardiology, neurology, oncology and orthopaedics. An additional 650 caregivers – including veterinary nurses, students, staff and volunteers – contribute to patient care.

Each year, the hospital manages more than 42,000 patient visits, with animal owners from surrounding areas and across the country. The hospital is open to the public, and many of its patients are referred for specialty care by other veterinarians around the world.

Through 2020, the hospital is undergoing more than $20 million in renovations, funded entirely through philanthropy, to ensure state-of-the-art facilities for teaching, research and clinical service. Most recently, the lobby and waiting area received a makeover. Visitors will see these upgrades and will learn about exciting plans for the future. Want to help? Here’s how!

     Getting there

  • The hospital is at 300 W. Drake Road, Fort Collins.
  • Parking: Turn into the hospital grounds, take an immediate left and follow the road to the lots serving the Diagnostic Medicine Center, just to the northwest of the main hospital building.
  • Open House activities are accessible through and around the Diagnostic Medicine Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 21.
  • The event is free and open to the public, but no pets are allowed.


  • 9 a.m. Pet wellness with Dr. Rebecca Ruch-Gallie, head of Community Practice at the hospital
  • 10 a.m. “So you want to be a vet?” panel discussion with veterinary students
  • 11 a.m. Pet behavior with Dr. Jennie Willis, animal behavior expert
  • Noon How to bandage your horse with Dr. Dean Hendrickson, equine surgeon
  • 1 p.m.  “So you want to be a vet?” with Dr. Gretchen Delcambre, director of admissions for the CSU Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program
  • 2 p.m. Honey bee veterinary medicine
  • 3 p.m. Common toxins and pet first aid with Dr. Kristin Zersen, emergency veterinarian


  • 10 a.m. The human-animal bond in Colorado
  • 11 a.m. Rocky Mountain Raptors
  • Noon Fort Collins Police K9 Unit will show off the work of police dogs
  • 1 p.m. Get Over It agility dogs
  • 2 p.m. Fort Collins Police K9 Unit