LSU Vet School seeking dogs and horses for Parades of Breeds

Staff reports

The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine will hold its annual Open House on Saturday, February 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Parades of Breeds (one for dogs and another for horses) are two of our most popular exhibitions. The LSU SVM is searching for different breeds to participate in each of these parades.

The Canine Parade of Breeds is a short display of purebred dogs. It takes place on the front lawn of the LSU SVM. Each dog must be on a leash and will be led by its owner or a handler selected by the owner; multiple dogs by one owner may participate but they must each have their own handler. The parade will begin at 11 a.m.; owners must be ready to line up no later than 10:30 a.m. in front of the SVM. If you would like for your dog to take part in the Canine Parade of Breeds, please contact Laura LaHoste at or Michelle Candal at They will need the dog’s name, the breed, the age, and a brief description of the dog’s characteristics (e.g., Spot is a 3-year-old beagle who loves going to dog parks).

The Equine Parade of Breeds takes place adjacent to the LSU SVM’s barn. Temporary stalls with shavings and water buckets will be set up next to the barn; materials can be hung on the stall to promote breeds and/or organizations. This parade consists of two shows at which the horse owners will bring their horses into the arena for a brief demonstration about their breed and/or the special talents of the horse. The horses will spend the day in the temporary stalls for viewing by the public. Horses must be calm and safe in crowds, must be able to be stalled for the day, and must be able to safely walk from the stall to the presentation. Horse owners are welcome to visit the other exhibits that make up Open House, but we do ask that they display their own horses during the two shows. If you would like your horse to participate in the Equine Parade of Breeds, please contact Amanda Perkins at

Open House is an opportunity for everyone in the family to explore the fantastic world of veterinary medicine and the latest developments in animal health care, welfare, and research. A self-guided tour will take visitors through the Veterinary Medicine Building where students, faculty, and staff will provide information and exhibits on various facets of the veterinary medicine curriculum.  In addition, the gross anatomy laboratory, intensive care units, surgery suites, and radiology suites will be featured on the tour, along with other areas of the veterinary hospital.  There will also be a teddy bear repair station where children can get their stuffed animals “sutured,” a petting zoo, an endoscopy station where children can “fish” for prizes, and animal demonstrations, such as the parade of breeds of both dogs and horses. This event is free and open to the public, but your donation of any amount will help us continue to save lives, find cures, and change lives.