Child-size Pet hospital to open at Children's Museum in Portland, Oregon

June 15, 2010 • Portland, Ore.

PORTLAND, Ore.—June 15, 2010—Banfield, The Pet Hospital is partnering with the Portland Children’s Museum to create an exhibit celebrating the health and wellness of Pets. Opening Saturday, June 19, the new Pet Hospital will feature a reception area, exam rooms, a grooming station, kennels and real veterinary tools. In the exhibit, children and their parents will be able to check vital signs of Pets (stuffed animals), review X-rays, scan Pets for microchips and even take their four-legged friends on a walk in the dog park.

“Many children dream of becoming a veterinarian when they grow up. In order give children the experience of being a Pet doctor, we decided to partner with the Portland 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, The 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 opening weekend of The Pet Hospital exhibit will feature a Banfield veterinarian hosting FutureVet® presentations in the Play It Again Theater at 10:30 a.m. on both Saturday, June 19 and Sunday, June 20. FutureVet is an innovative career discovery program that was developed by Banfield to help encourage children and young adults to pursue careers in pet health and medicine. Communicating with kids about being a pet doctor and the importance of the human-pet bond is one way Banfield works to ensure there will be competent, compassionate veterinarians for years to come.

“We are so excited to have a Pet Hospital in the Museum. It’s a terrific way for kids to become the doctor and take on the role of caregiver,” said Sarah Orleans, executive director of Portland Children’s Museum. “An exhibit like this encourages children to practice compassion and nurturing while thoughtfully caring about others—all through their love of Pets. Plus, who doesn’t love a walk in the Bark Park with their furry friends!” Opening weekend will also include Pet themed arts and crafts for children and their parents. Families are also encouraged to bring a photo of their own Pet to feature in the Pet Hospital. Anyone that brings a photo of their Pet to the Museum opening weekend will be entered into a drawing to win a one-year free Optimum Wellness Plan—a package of preventive care services including unlimited office calls—from Banfield, The Pet Hospital.

About the Portland Children’s Museum
Founded in 1946, Portland Children’s Museum is a hands-on museum for children from 6 months to 10 years old. The non-profit museum’s mission is to inspire imagination, creativity, and the wonder of learning in children and adults. The museum features changing exhibits, arts-based programs and a public school. Make a splash in our better and wetter Water Works; paint your face, put on a costume, take center stage and see yourself on TV in the Dorothea Lensch Play It Again Theater, dig into fun in the Dig Pit; join the construction crew in Building Bridgetown; shop and prepare a meal in our new Grasshopper Grocery and Butterfly Bistro; dance to the beat of your own bongos; turn trash into treasures in the Garage; sculpt a creation in the Clay Studio; watch a puppet show or stage your own! Coming June 19, the Pet Hospital, sponsored by Banfield, The Pet Hospital®.

About Banfield, The Pet Hospital
Founded in Portland, Ore., in 1955, Banfield has become the largest Pet general veterinary practice in the world, with more than 750 hospitals in neighborhoods across the United States. More than 2,400 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 is the only veterinary practice in the world with an extensive quality assurance program. Banfield, The Pet Hospital helps extend the lives of millions of Pets each year through our Optimum Wellness Plans. For journalists seeking more information, please visit our press room at http://www.banfield.net/press-room or contact our Media Hotline at 888-355-0595 (no sales calls, please).