Visitors flocked to a special traveling exhibit called “Animal
Connections: Our Journey Together” at Purdue University on
Homecoming Weekend, September 26-27, to check out the
mobile museum that was created by the Smithsonian Institution
Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). A total of 20 Purdue
Veterinary Medicine volunteers helped staff the exhibit, which
came to Purdue at the College of Veterinary Medicine’s invitation.
Parked on Memorial Mall, between Stewart Center and Stone
Hall, the brightly painted 18-wheel truck with expandable sides
attracted plenty of attention. Over the two-day stay on the Purdue
campus, the exhibit hosted more than 1,600 visitors.
The mobile exhibit was launched in 2013 in honor of the 150th
anniversary of the American Veterinary Medical Association
(AVMA), with support from the American Veterinary Medical
Foundation (AVMF) and founding sponsor, Zoetis, Inc. “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. The 1,000
square-foot interior display area focuses on animals in the home,
on the farm, at the zoo, in the wild and at the veterinary clinic.
“AVMF, Zoetis, and the Smithsonian docents were all very pleased
with Purdue’s hosting and the turnout,” said Purdue Veterinary
Medicine Associate Dean for Engagement Sandra San Miguel.
Amonte Martin and Torrie Cropps, graduate students in the Purdue College
of Agriculture Department of Youth Development and Agricultural Education,
check out the interactive displays in the exhibit’s virtual veterinary clinic.
Pets for People Club members Kayla Stilger and Maureen Thieme of the DVM
Class of 2017 brought their therapy dogs Guinness and Faith to the Memorial
Mall to help engage passersby and encourage them to check out the Animal
Amy Jamieson and Savannah Jewell of the DVM Class of 2017 stand ready to
greet guests at the Animal Connections Exhibit entrance.
Purdue Connects with
Animal Connections Exhibit
on Homecoming Weekend