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Smithsonian animal exhibit rolling into UCD

The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine will host “Animal Connections: Our Journey Together” a free traveling truck exhibition that introduces visitors of all ages to the complex bond between humans and animals.

Presented by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service to mark the 150th anniversary of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the project is made possible through the support of the American Veterinary Medical Foundation and of founding sponsor Zoetis.

The exhibit will set up from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, on Vet Med Drive, in front of the southeast corner of Vet Med 3B, near the delivery/loading dock area.  The goal of the family-friendly exhibit is to celebrate the profession and engage folks, especially young students, in veterinary medicine and its many opportunities.

“The affection that people everywhere have for animals sparked our enthusiasm for an exhibit about veterinary medicine that would inspire lively conversations about the human-animal bond,” said Myriam Springuel, interim director of SITES.

Divided into five sections, the exhibition focuses on animals in the home, on the farm, at the zoo, in the wild and at the veterinary clinic. Visitors are offered a variety of ways to learn through informative displays, dynamic videos and interactive experiences.

In the home section, visitors will learn how to select the right pet and the possible dangers to pets, such as household items like plants and holiday decorations and feeding pets food prepared for family members.

A display in the farm section highlights the mobile clinics that large-animal veterinarians stock with a variety of tools — from dental speculums to cow magnets — to ensure they are prepared for any procedure.

A virtual clinic at the center of the exhibition provides visitors the opportunity to be the veterinarian. Through touch screens, they can examine and diagnose what ails their virtual patients — a dog, a piglet and a cheetah.

The free exhibition explores the shared responsibility for animals’ health and well-being. It also highlights the varied roles veterinarians play in the health of animals. Videos showcase that even suburban areas have a great diversity of wildlife — from the squirrels trying to break into a bird feeder to a bear lounging in a hammock.

Visitors can continue the learning experience online at http://animalconnections.com. The site includes resources on animal care and careers in veterinary medicine.


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