CHS Miracle of Birth Center at the Minnesota State Fair

The Miracle of Birth Center started in 2001 and is staffed by volunteer veterinarians from the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association, veterinary students from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, and members of the MN FFA organization. This display, the most popular attraction at the fair, educates the public on the vital role that animal agriculture and veterinary medicine play in the state of Minnesota. With live births and newborn farm animals, including cows, pigs, chicks, sheep, goats 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
The Birth of a Miracle: The History of the MOBC

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Training Videos:

  • MDH Zoonotic Disease Training: A 15 minute refresher that every volunteer is required to watch.
  • MOBC Q and A: An 11 minute watch with updated answers to some of the MOST POPULAR questions and answers volunteers may want to be prepared for while volunteering.
  • From the Trenches - Industry Updates: A 26 minute video with great messages and information provided from industry. 
  • 2022 Training Clips: A little over an hour with really useful information for volunteers on key messaging, words to use and lose, etc.