One of the best things about the NY State Fair is the number of free, educational and fun demos and presentations. For Utica/Rome upstate NY area pet lovers this is great since the Fair is located so close. It is simply a straight shot west on the Thruway, which is now open again in both directions.
One of the best kept secrets of the Fair is the Veterinary Science building. The NY State Veterinary Medical Association calls on individual veterinarians and the Cornell faculty to help set up educational displays and provide veterinarians and veterinary technicians on site to answer questions. The displays are great and there are many, many free pamphlets and handouts on various health problems in pets. This building is located near the end of the horse barns, right along the main road that parallels Rt 690.
The exact focus and demonstrations change daily, so if you go the Fair multiple days, it is worth swinging by there each day. The veterinary science area is under cover so it can be enjoyed even on a wet day. Best of all, it is free – covered by your general admission fee to the Fair!
You may find Cornell Veterinary faculty present to answer your questions or even your own veterinarian. Today Drs. Frank Capella and Laura Cook were both in attendance.
The display of radiographs (x-rays) was the most intriguing to Fair visitors. Dental care was another focus area with skulls to show how you should brush your pet’s teeth and free pet toothbrushes to take home.