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Portland Children's Museum Promotes Animal Care Through Vet for a Day - 04/16/18

Portland Children’s Museum Promotes Animal Care Through Vet for a Day

Banfield Pet Hospital® Sponsors Vet for a Day


PORTLAND, Ore. – Banfield Pet Hospital® is the presenting sponsor of Portland Children’s Museum’s Pet Month in May, including the Vet for a Day certification program on Sunday, May 20 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.


The Vet for a Day certification program will promote the work and compassion required to take loving care of our pets, which children have been learning about in the Museum’s Pet Hospital exhibit since inception. This exhibit highlights the important role that pets play in the lives of families in an effort to foster compassion and empathy for animals. 


On May 20, children are invited to visit each Pet Care Station around the Museum to learn how to care for pets large and small through hands-on activities and engagement with local Banfield veterinarians and staff. Stations include learning about microchips, pet care trivia, and performing a stuffed animal wellness exam in the Pet Hospital. Children who visit all the stations will pass their Pet Care Exam and receive a Kid Vet Certificate! Additional activities include making your own plush toy pet, creating water dishes and pet toys in Clay and Maker Studios, and adding your picture to the Best Animal Friends wall. During the month-long celebration, the Museum will also offer pet-themed programming, including furry story times, animal masks, and birdhouse building.


In June 2010, Banfield created the Museum’s Pet Hospital exhibit to promote the health and wellness of pets. The exhibit features a grooming station and kennels, as well as veterinary tools to check the vital signs of “pets” (stuffed animals), review X-rays, and scan for microchips. 


About Banfield Pet Hospital®
Founded in Portland, Ore., in 1955, Banfield is the largest general-veterinary practice in the world. In 2007, Banfield joined the Mars, Inc. family of businesses, and today has more than 1,000 hospitals across the United States and Puerto Rico. More than 3,600 Banfield veterinarians are committed to providing high-quality veterinary care for over three million pets annually. Banfield's charitable arm, the Banfield Foundation, was established in 2015 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the well-being of pets and communities. In 2017, Banfield Pet Hospital – including the work of the Banfield Foundation – was named among Points of Light's ‘Civic 50’ as one of the most community-minded companies in the U.S. Press seeking additional information are invited to contact the Media Hotline: (888) 355-0595.


About Portland Children’s Museum

Portland Children’s Museum is located at 4015 SW Canyon Road in Portland and is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Children 0-10 and their grown-ups discover a world of hands-on experiences designed to let their creativity and imagination soar at Portland Children’s Museum. Our mission is to develop innovative problem-solvers through playful learning experiences, and there’s no better place to have fun and learn at the same time! Explore nature in Outdoor Adventure, splash in Water Works, create in Clay and Maker Studios, and pretend play in The Market, Pet Hospital, and Theater--plus so much more. Come make, play, and share with us! 


LOCATION  In Washington Park across from Oregon Zoo; 4015 SW Canyon Road, Portland, 97221

HOURS  9 a.m.–5 p.m. daily 

ADMISSION  Museum members: Free | Under age 1: Free | Ages 1­–64: $10.75 | Ages 65+ and military: $9.75

CONTACT  503-223-6500 | portlandcm.org | facebook.com/portlandcm 



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