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What's Going On : FutureVet at Cincinnati Museum Center
Date posted: May 1, 2015
Posted by: Cincinnati Museum Center
Photo: Provided by Cincinnati Museum Center
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. 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.
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
"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."
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.
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