I haven't heard the 1972 Grateful Dead song "Truckin'" in a couple of years, but suddenly, I'm compelled to listen to Jerry Garcia and the gang harmonize: "Truckin, got my chips cashed in. Keep truckin, like the do-dah man. Together, more or less in line, just keep truckin on."
We've had trucks on our minds a lot lately.
To that end, we're more than happy to officially announce Animal Connections: Our Journey Together, an 18-wheeler mobile truck exhibit that explores veterinarary medicine and the complex bonds between humans and animals, is officially on the road!
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 generous support of Zoetis, an independent company that discovers, develops and manufacturers veterinary vaccines and medicines.
Created to inspire the next generation of veterinarians, the exhibit uses a dynamic combination of interactive learning stations, films and touch screen videos, and three-dimensional settings to explore topics about animals in the home, on the farm, in the wild, at the zoo and in the veterinary clinic!
- 1,000 square feet of interior space with interactive displays, video screens, games, and hands-on and minds-on activities.
- Find Your Dream Pet interactive component allows the user to answer a series of questions pertaining to the environment and care they can give a pet, and the kind of relationship they hope to have with the animal.
- Make Your Diagnosis -- At multi-user touch tables, visitors will adopt the role of veterinarian and walk through the steps of diagnosing what ails a dog, a cheetah, or a young pig that has been brought to their attention. Visitors will interview the animal’s caregiver, conduct an examination, and run tests, before making a decision about how to proceed with treatment.
- Five main sections: The Home, The Farm, The Zoo, The Wild and The Veterinary Clinic.
- Featuring a behind-the-scenes look at animal care and research at the National Zoo
For a schedule of where the truck will be, visit the website.