Cincinnati Museum Center and Banfield Pet Hospital connect kids, dogs and veterinarians

CINCINNATI – Hands-on learning is critical to a child’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. The first program Saturday, April 9 from 11 a.m. to noon.

Cincinnati Museum Center and Banfield present FutureVetMany kids play veterinarian by pretending to bandage their dog’s leg or taking their kitten’s temperature. They grab a white dress shirt out of dad’s closet and hold up a pair of headphones as a makeshift stethoscope. Through FutureVet, Cincinnati Museum Center and Banfield are giving kids a chance to learn more about veterinary medicine from a real veterinarian and practice it on real dogs with their very own stethoscope. There’s even extra lab coats in the Duke Energy Children’s Museum veterinary clinic to complete the look.

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 your 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 educator 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 responsible pet ownership,” said Angela Greenwell, DVM, medical director for Cincinnati Banfield Pet Hospitals. “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 Cincinnati Museum Center for six FutureVet programs: April 9, May 14, June 18, July 6, September 8 and November 12. 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 Cincinnati Museum Center Members. For more information visit or