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GPU Visits Veterinary Center

Friday, June 26, 2015

GPU Visits Veterinary Center

Veterinary Center Welcomes GPU Visitors

A total of 17 grandchildren and 14 grandparents recently visited the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences as part of OSU’s 2015 Grandparent University (GPU).

Children ages 7 to 12 and their grandparents spent two days getting a closer look at the world of veterinary medicine.

In the equine section of OSU’s Veterinary Medical Hospital (above), participants were able to listen to a horse’s heart, look closer at the anatomy of a horse, learn how to apply leg wraps and more.

In small animal medicine (above), attendees used their hand-eye coordination to operate an endoscope looking inside the stomach of a stuffed demonstration dog. Amazingly, there were wrapped miniature candy bars inside for each child!

The first afternoon ended with a trip to OSU’s Dairy Barn where visitors learned about how we raise dairy calves.  Children and their grandparents were able to visit the dairy during milking time to see the milking process.

On day two, the group rotated through three different stations inside the veterinary center’s McElroy Hall.

In the Dr. Duane R. Peterson Anatomy Learning Center (above), children and grandparents looked at radiographs to help determine each patient’s diagnosis.

Veterinary students helped children simulate surgery on a stuffed toy (above). Hand washing techniques, a physical exam and sutures were all part of Teddy Bear Surgery, a very popular event.

In addition to viewing various parasites through microscopes and answering questions about them to solve a word puzzle, GPU attendees were able to pose on Flea Biscuit (above), a giant flea built by veterinary students, and cheer on the tick of their choice in Tick Races (pictured below).

Helping to make this a memorable experience for all visitors were veterinary student ambassadors Miranda Anthony, Kaylynn Gruntmeir, Lauren Powell and Cameron Smithee;  staff members Chris Pivinski and Emily Snow; senior equine medicine students, and faculty instructors Drs. Kelly Allen, Elisabeth Giedt, Andrew Hanzlicek, Brian Herrin, Camilla Jamieson, Yoko Nagamori and D. L. Step.

Contact: Derinda Blakeney, APR | OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences | 405-744-6740 |

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