Then attend the 2005 Open House on Saturday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, 2001 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana.
Animal and science lovers of all ages will enjoy this free, student-run event, which provides a behind-the-scenes view of the program at the state's only veterinary college. There will be more than 40 exhibits and demonstrations, featuring animals to pet, microscopes to peer into, and science and medicine to discover.
This grand-slam event will feature hands-on activities, including cow- and goat-milking, the "window" cow, a petting zoo, and more. Visitors can meet and learn about the birds of prey that are permanent residents of the College's Wildlife Medical Clinic.
Open House is also a wonderful time to learn more about admission to the big league of veterinary school.
Returning favorites include a police dog demonstration, a reptile show with over 100 animals brought by the local herpetology society, and a children's activity tent for face painting, games, coloring, and more.
There's plenty of free parking, and large groups are welcome. For a list of exhibits and directions, see www.cvm.uiuc.edu/openhouse/ or call 217/333-2907.