The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at Western University of Health Sciences will hold its ninth annual Open House from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014 along the campus’ Esplanade at 799 E. Second Street, Pomona, Calif.

The Open House is one way the College reaches out to the community and introduces WesternU and CVM. It also gives guests an opportunity to learn about the veterinary profession, pet care and animal awareness.

The Open House is a free, family-friendly event that is open to the public. Click here for more information about the event and to register Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Registration is open through April 1.

To date, more than 1,700 Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts from across Southern California have registered for the event. About 2,000 Scouts are expected to register. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts earn scouting merit badges and fun patches at the Open House as they learn about various aspects of animal care.

CVM students and clubs provide information on pet care and tours of the College and Banfield, The Pet Hospital, which is the veterinary training facility for the WesternU. Aquarium of the Pacific’s Aquarium on Wheels, Norco Mounted Posse, K-9 unit demonstrations, shelter pet adoptions, pet microchipping, and pet vaccinations also will be available.

Event sponsors are Nestlé Purina, Zoetis and Merial.