CHS Miracle of Birth Center at the Minnesota State Fair

Thursday, August 23, through Monday, September 3, 2018

The Miracle of Birth Center is celebrating its 18th year and is staffed by volunteer veterinarians from the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association, veterinary students from the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the University of Minnesota, and members of the National FFA organization. This display, the most popular attraction at the fair, educates the public on the vital role that animal agriculture and veterinary medicine plays in the state of Minnesota. With live births and newborn farm animals, including cows, pigs, chicks, sheep and ducks, the display highlights the importance of animals to our economy, health, and quality of life.

Volunteers are needed to answer questions and help in the birthing process. Many of your clients visit this exhibit, and they would be excited to see "their" veterinarian at work. This is also an excellent opportunity for large animal veterinarians to interact with students and the public, and recruit them into the large animal field. Each year our volunteers remark that this is an experience they will never forget!

Dr. Florian Ledermann’s  Reflections:  From Dreams to Reality

Seeking 2018 Volunteers!

Click below to commit to your desired 2018 shifts:

2018 Volunteer Sign-up form

Click here to view current DVM volunteer calendar
Click here to view current Vet Student volunteer calendar

If you are already signed up for a shift and wish to add an additional shift, you must email us directly at [email protected]

Already a volunteer? Make sure to download the protocols and complete communications guidelines before arriving at the Miracle of Birth Center. Just click on the links below, and print out each sheet.

2018  Volunteer Quick Links:

Media/Communications Training

Click here to watch the DVM students volunteers training videos

Volunteer Protocol    Calving Protocol    Lambing Protocol    Farrowing Protocol

Common Q&A:  
Swine    Dairy    Goats    Sheep/Lambs   Poultry