Child-sized pet hospital opens April 21 at Cincinnati Museum Center

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 for tickets.

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