CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will hold its 32nd annual Pet Day on Saturday, May 4, when the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine celebrates the human-animal bond with lots of family-friendly activities.

Pet Day runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and this year will be held at Dryden Hall, located on 30th Street in Corvallis just north of Washington Way, because of construction at Magruder Hall. Admittance and most activities are free, but there is a small charge for a few of the events.

OSU’s Pet Day is created, organized and staffed by students in the college as their way of giving back to the community, and continuing a legacy of public service. It is held rain or shine and usually attracts 3,000 to 4,000 visitors, many who bring their pets (please keep dogs on a leash).

Family activities this year include a pet costume contest, a petting zoo, fun run, dog agility demonstrations, a dog wash and nail trim booth, a cat photo contest and more. Koenig’s Llamas, Cascade Pack Goats, Child’s Haven Ponies and the Benton County Rabbiteers provide opportunities to meet animals that are not typical pets.

More than 40 booths will provide information on animal health and wellness, nutrition, adoption and therapy.

Participants and their pets may join the Star Wars-themed 5K Fun Run/Walk event at 9 a.m. or register for the Pet Costume Contest from 10 a.m. to noon (contest commences at 1 p.m.). More detailed information on the various events and registration for the fun run and costume contest are available at

Students from OSU’s College of Pharmacy also will offer blood glucose screenings and blood pressure readings to Pet Day attendees; educational games about medication safety for children and educational posters.

Pet Day is sponsored by the classes of 2021 and 2022 in the OSU Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine, and supported by Banfield Pet Hospital, Hills Pet Nutrition, Nestle Purina, Royal Canin, Grand Oaks and the Oregon Animal Health Foundation.

Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine

About the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine: The primary mission of the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine is to serve the people of Oregon and the various livestock and companion animal industries by furthering the understanding of animal medical practices and procedures. Through research, clinical practice and extension efforts in the community, the college provides Oregon's future veterinarians with one of the most comprehensive educations available anywhere.


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