MANHATTAN, Kan. — This year’s birthing center at the Kansas State Fair Sept. 5-14, will offer a hands-on, innovative learning center designed to give fairgoers of all ages a heightened educational experience.

 


MANHATTAN, Kan. — This year’s birthing center at the Kansas State Fair Sept. 5-14, will offer a hands-on, innovative learning center designed to give fairgoers of all ages a heightened educational experience.
The exhibit, sponsored by the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association, promises to deliver even more than in years past, in terms of educating the public in all areas of animal health and research, said K-State College of Veterinary Medicine assistant professor Meredyth Jones.
K-State veterinary students and faculty have developed interactive educational exhibits for use within the birthing center. The exhibits are targeted at children and adults of all ages, and topics include animal anatomy, milking, animal species trivia, alpaca fiber uses, and ultrasound demonstrations on pregnant animals.
Audiovisual presentations about the activities of Kansas’s veterinarians and opportunities available for those who seek careers in veterinary medicine will be shown throughout the fair. Meanwhile, attendees can keep a watchful eye on the pregnant cow due to calf during the fair, along with a pregnant alpaca, an alpaca with a cria (baby alpaca) and chicks.
The birthing center will be open daily and hosted by a private veterinarian, a faculty member from K-State’s College of Veterinary Medicine and four veterinary students. Two additional veterinary students will serve as ambassadors who will care for and monitor the animals in the center day and night throughout the fair. These individuals are available to guide fairgoers through the interactive exhibits, answer questions and provide information about animal health and careers in veterinary medicine.
Partnering with the College of Veterinary Medicine and KVMA for this year’s birthing center are the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, Aloka Ultrasound, the Mid-America Alpaca Foundation and several privately-owned alpaca farms in Kansas: Alpacas `R Diamonds, Paola; Cedar Hollow Farm Alpacas, Hiawatha; Fairview Farms Alpacas, Hays; Honey Creek Farm Alpacas, Gardner; Knoblock’s Prairie Ranch Alpacas, Sabetha; Sunflower Alpaca Farm, Towanda; and Willowbrook Farm Alpacas, Louisburg.