Now Seeking 2017 Volunteers!


CHS Miracle of Birth Center at the Minnesota State Fair

Thursday, August 24, through Monday, September 4, 2017

The Miracle of Birth Center is celebrating its 17th 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

Click below to commit to your desired 2017 shifts:

2017 Volunteer Sign-up form

Click here to view current DVM volunteer list
Click here to view current DVM Student volunteer list

The volunteer is updated weekly with volunteer requests received, the sign-up form link above reflects open shifts in real-time. 

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.

Poultry Q & A Presentation

Media/Communications Training

Volunteer Protocol    Calving Protocol    Lambing Protocol    Farrowing Protocol

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

For a Volunteer Press Release you can send to your local papers - Volunteer Press Release

Need Directions? Click below to view a map of the fairgrounds