Join us for our Open House

Date:  October 22, 2016 -October 22, 2016
Time: 2 p.m.–5 p.m.
Location:  Murie Building, 982 N. Koyukuk Drive

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Department of Veterinary Medicine will host an open house on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 2 p.m to 5 p.m. Participants can enjoy free activities and demonstrations.

Open house visitors should start at the lobby of the Murie Building, 982 N. Koyukuk Drive.

Faculty, staff and students from the joint veterinary medicine program with Colorado State University will lead the activities. The open house is for all ages, including children. It’s a great opportunity for high school students to get a glimpse of what veterinary school is like.

Participants can:

  • Tour the veterinary medicine program’s new home and meet its first and second class of students.
  • Test their own surgery skills and watch stuffed animals be sutured.
  • Watch veterinarians use a dog mannequin to show how they give CPR, and view other life-size animal models and real skeletons.
  • Find out what radiographs can reveal.
  • Go home with a free animal balloon from a professional balloon artist.


Lauren Blauvelt

         Lauren comes to Alaska from the farms and cornfields of central Illinois. She received her  Bachelors of Animal Science, pre-vet at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2015. Lauren enjoys  the outdoors, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, and trail riding. She is a very recent newlywed to her  husband David, who also loves the outdoors. Her interests lie in mixed practice medicine.

Camille Coffey

               Camille is a graduate of Fairfield University and resident of Sierra Madre, California.  She has worked with wildlife in South Africa and in zoos in Los Angeles and Connecticut. She ultimately wants to own her own mixed practice. 

Megan Gisonda

          Megan has recently separated from the US Coast Guard after 8 years of active service.  She is an Alaskan resident and earned her Bachelor's degree from the US Coast Guard Academy and her Master's degree from the Naval War College. Her interests lie in mixed practice medicine and One Health volunteer initiatives around the world.

Claire Griebenow

               Claire Griebenow received her bachelors from Colorado State University in conservation biology and zoology, and later her Masters in Ecological Restoration. She has lived and worked around the world, including researching forage potential in Kenya. More recently, she worked doing disease research for Colorado Parks and Wildlife; Claire hopes to continue to be active in research throughout her veterinary career. 

Amanda Grimes

              Amanda is a UAF graduate (double major in Wildlife Biology and Biological Sciences) and Alaska resident.  She was one of the founding members of the Pre-Vet club at UAF and has served as Treasurer and President.  She enjoys fly-tying and volunteering as a vet tech for ARVO.

Jeanette Klecka

    Jenny is an Alaskan who lives in Eagle River.  She graduated from UAF with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Certificate in Veterinary Science, and a minor in Spanish while working part time in the Wildlife Toxicology Lab and for Residence Life.  She has studied abroad in Sweden and Australia, and is interested in mixed practice and rural medicine. She co-founded the UAF Pre-Vet Club and enjoys playing violin, hiking, skiing, and playing soccer. 

Annette Llanes

            Annette hails from Raleigh, North Carolina.  It may be hard for her to find sheep for her dog to “herd” in Alaska, but she will be right at home with the UAF female rugby players.  She is interested in Large animal medicine. 

Billyann Monrean

              Billyann is an Alaskan raised in an Athabascan village.  She is interested in small animal/mixed practice and graduated from UAF in May 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences. 

Jacob Rammell

            ​Jake is an Alaskan hailing from North Pole for the last few years.  He studied at Utah State University.  His father is a veterinarian, and he has worked with large animals his whole life which include a family dairy, an elk ranch, and rodeo stock.  Jake is a professional weight lifter, and enjoys the outdoors.

Kari Rohl

             Kari is an Alaskan from Soldotna interested in mixed practice and Wildlife.  She graduated from Iowa State with a BS in Genetics and a MS in Immunobiology. She has worked on the family farm in Minnesota and has participated in several sprint sled dog races. 

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