The wide world of animals and the people who care for them can be explored through lectures, exhibits, workshops and tours April 6 to 8 during the annual Veterinary Teaching Hospital Open House, in Fort Collins.

Open house hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 6 and 7, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 8. All events are free and open to the public.

Kids will be able to experience mock surgery by "gowning up" and preparing to do surgery on stuffed animals, while professionals and students get to show how much they know in the "Stump-A-Vet" booth. The Fort Collins Police Department's K-9 Unit will give a demonstration and a lecture on canine training. One of the Budweiser Clydesdales will be on hand for a presentation about care, nutrition and training of these beautiful horses. Numerous booths will provide information about volunteer opportunities, community programs, veterinary education and other animal-related topics.

Tours of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, 300 W Drake Road, will run continuously each day, in addition to an abbreviated hospital tour for children April 6. Tours of the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday. The raptor program, located behind the hospital, is dedicated to providing medical care, rehabilitation and release to injured birds of prey such as hawks, owls, eagles and falcons.

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