Purdue Veterinary Medicine was in the spotlight at the 2015 Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis, where a large
tent on the north side of the fairgrounds housed live surgery demonstrations, educational presentations and
the Indiana State Fair Vet Camp. The surgery demonstrations represented a cooperative effort between the
College of Veterinary Medicine and the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association. For most of the State Fair's 17
days, visitors were able to witness surgeries that were needed to prepare Humane Society pets for adoption.
The surgeries were offered twice daily, except on three days when presentations on animal or medical topics
were given by veterinarians in lieu of the surgery demonstrations.
Children Flock to Indiana State Fair Vet Camp
Several veterinary student ambassadors for the College served as instructors in the Indiana State Fair Vet
Camp and also interacted with the many State Fair attendees who visited the PVM exhibit. The exhibit
hosted approximately 700 people per day, and nearly 140 students took part in the Indiana State Fair Vet
Camp. Participants in the vet camp developed even greater enthusiasm for veterinary medicine. The Indiana
State Fair Vet Camp was modeled after Boiler Vet Camp with the Junior Vet Camp open to students in sixth
through eighth grades and the Senior Vet Camp open to students in grades 9 through 12. Participants got to
experience various veterinary duties, including suturing and reading x-rays.
Assisted by a Purdue veterinary student, Dr. Jim Weisman performs a neuter
surgery at the Indiana State Fair on a Humane Society pet that needed the
procedure in order to be adopted.
Visitors to the Purdue Veterinary Medicine exhibit test out their surgical skills in an
interactive display. The College exhibit hosted approximately 700 visitors each day.
Young visitors study microscope slides in an interactive display at the PVM exhibit. An Indiana State Fair Vet Camper practices suturing. Nearly 140 students took part
in the Indiana State Fair Vet Camp.
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