April 21, 2015
FutureVet program uses dogs to make science come to life
Cincinnati Museum Center and Banfield Pet Hospital® connect kids and vets
CINCINNATI – Hands-on learning is critical to children’s development but sometimes it can get a little ruff. That’s no problem at Cincinnati Museum Center thanks to Banfield Pet Hospital®. Together, Cincinnati Museum Center and Banfield present FutureVet, an interactive program that gives kids the opportunity to meet some furry new friends and to learn how to take care of them from a real veterinarian. Children can meet veterinarians and real dogs at each FutureVet. The first program is Saturday, April 25 from 11 a.m. to noon.
Many kids pretend to bandage their dog’s leg or try to feed their kitten and dream of growing up to be a pet doctor. Through one hour interactive presentations, FutureVet provides a unique opportunity to learn about the exciting world of veterinary medicine in a way that is relatable for children. From helping you select the right pet for your family and learning about what items pets need in their new homes to why pets might not feel well and what their pet will experience at the doctor, FutureVet educates current and prospective pet owners and inspires the next generation of veterinarians.
“The best way to learn is through hands-on exposure and making those lessons come to life. With Banfield’s help we’re able to make life science something that lives and breathes and wags its tail,” says Tony Lawson, director of the Duke Energy Children’s Museum. “As children learn about the care of living things, we inspire and educate them and may even create future veterinarians.”
Upon completion of FutureVet, participating children and parents attend a mini graduation ceremony where they receive special diplomas and stethoscopes from Banfield.
Banfield’s partnership is an opportunity for Cincinnati Museum Center to share science experts with the community, allowing kids and adults to speak with a real life scientist. Kids get a glimpse at the work these veterinarians do, often inspiring them to learn more after the program ends. FutureVet is also a rewarding experience for those experts who don’t regularly get to reach out to the community.
“We developed the FutureVet program to educate children about pet health, and how they can learn to be responsible pet owners at any age,” said Daniel Aja, DVM, senior vice president and chief medical officer for Banfield Pet Hospital®. “Children are never too young to start exploring the exciting world of veterinary medicine. By engaging with children at a young age, we hope to foster their passion for pets throughout their entire life.”
This year, Banfield is partnering with Museum Center for five FutureVet programs: April 25, May 9, July 18, September 12 and November 14, as well as an Ask-the-Vet session on June 20. Each program takes place in the Duke Energy Children’s Museum from 11 a.m. to noon.
Join Banfield in the Duke Energy Children’s Museum for a dog gone good time. FutureVet is included with admission to the Duke Energy Children’s Museum and is free to Museum Center Members. For more information visit www.cincymuseum.org or www.banfield.com.
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 it is more than 900 hospitals strong in neighborhoods across the United States and Puerto Rico. More than 3,200 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 provides preventive care for millions of pets each year through Optimum Wellness Plans®. For journalists seeking more information, visit www.banfield.com or contact the Media Hotline at 888-355-0595.
About Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized institution and national historic landmark. Dedicated to sparking community dialogue, insight and inspiration, CMC was awarded the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2012. CMC is one of only 16 museums in the nation with both of these honors, making it a unique asset and a vital community resource. Union Terminal has been voted the nation's 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects. Organizations within CMC include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children's Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater and Cincinnati History Library & Archives. Recognized by Forbes Traveler Magazine as the 17th most visited museum in the country, CMC welcomes more than one million visitors annually. For more information, visit www.cincymuseum.org.