New and improved child-sized pet hospital opens at Cincinnati Museum Center to educate little pet lovers

Banfield® Pet Hospital sponsors updated exhibit opening Saturday, April 21 in Duke Energy Children’s Museum

CINCINNATI – Do you have future veterinarians in your family? Bring them to Cincinnati Museum Center’s Duke Energy Children’s Museum to check out the new and improved pet hospital! Museum Center has partnered with Banfield Pet Hospital, the nation’s largest general veterinary practice, to create an exhibit celebrating the health and wellness of our four-legged family members. Opening Saturday, April 21, the new Banfield Pet Hospital features a reception area, exam tables, a grooming station, kennels and real veterinary tools. In the exhibit, children and their parents are able to check vital signs of pets (stuffed animals), review X-rays, weigh pets and scan them for microchips.

"Many children dream of becoming a veterinarian when they grow up. In order to give children the experience of being a pet doctor, we’ve partnered with the Duke Energy Children’s Museum to create an interactive pet hospital that teaches the fundamentals of pet care from a veterinarian’s perspective," said Karen Johnson, DVM, vice president and client advocate for Banfield Pet Hospital. “Children are never too young to learn about responsible pet ownership and proper preventive care for pets. This exhibit provides hands-on learning opportunities for children to use their imagination to love and care for pets just like real veterinarians do every day."

The grand opening of the pet hospital exhibit features a Banfield veterinarian hosting a FutureVet® presentation in the new exhibit at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 21. FutureVet teaches kids what it means to be a responsible pet owner and what doctors look for when they examine pets. Children will receive a FutureVet program diploma, a stethoscope and a goody bag during graduation. Opening day will also include an official ribbon cutting ceremony at 12:15 p.m., face painting from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m., a “Howl and Meow Contest” beginning at 12:30 p.m. with prizes, as well as a celebratory cupcake social at 1 p.m., supplied by locally renowned bakery, Servatii Pastry Shop. Children are welcome to bring their favorite stuffed animals to the hospital, but real animals are not permitted in the museum.

"We’re excited to work with Banfield Pet Hospital to inspire the next generation of veterinarians and encourage compassion and nurturing," said Tony Lawson, director of Duke Energy Children’s Museum. "Our museum is all about learning through play, and this hands-on exhibit provides children a fun and interactive place to take on the roles of adults, which helps them to learn more about their interests and build competence in adult roles later in life."

Join us for the grand opening celebration and festive activities on April 21 in Duke Energy Children’s Museum. Activities are free for Museum Center members or included with museum admission. Get an all museums pass for $12.50 for adults and $8.50 for children ages 3 to 12. Visit www.cincymuseum.org for tickets.

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About Banfield® Pet Hospital

Founded in Portland, Ore., in 1955, Banfield is the largest general veterinary practice in the world. In 2007, Banfield joined the Mars, Inc. family of businesses, and today we are more than 800 hospitals strong in neighborhoods across the United States. More than 2,600 veterinarians at Banfield are committed to giving pets the highest quality of veterinary care. Banfield hospitals offer a full range of comprehensive medical services, computerized medical records, preventive care plans for pets and extended operating hours. Banfield Pet Hospital helps extend the lives of millions of pets each year through Optimum Wellness Plans®. For journalists seeking more information, please visit our press room at http://www.banfield.com or contact our Media Hotline at 888-355-0595.

About Cincinnati Museum Center

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized institution as well as national historic landmark. Dedicated to sparking community dialogue, insight and inspiration, Museum Center was awarded the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Our Union Terminal has been voted the nation’s 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects. Organizations within Cincinnati Museum Center include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science, the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater and the Cincinnati Historical Society Library. Recognized by Forbes Traveler Magazine as the 17th most visited museum in the country, Cincinnati Museum Center welcomes one million plus visitors annually. Cincinnati Museum Center gratefully acknowledges operating and capital support from the taxpayers of Hamilton County and the State of Ohio. For more information, visit www.cincymuseum.org.