Traveling Exhibit Highlights the Human-Animal Bond

The AVMA, the Smithsonian Institution and Zoetis are teaming up to bring the wonders of the human-animal bond to communities across the United States. This exciting collaboration will begin its nationwide, two-year tour this summer with a launch at the AVMA’s Annual Convention in Chicago, and you won’t want to miss it.

The exhibit, Animal Connections: Our Journey Together, is housed in a mini-museum inside an expandable 18-wheel semitrailer and will introduce visitors of all ages to the human-animal bond and the critical role veterinarians play in animal health. Visitors are offered a variety of interactive ways to learn about the important roles that animals – small and large, domestic and wild – play in our society and in our lives. Exhibit sections focus on animals in the home, on the farm, at the zoo and in the wild. A virtual veterinary clinic at the center provides opportunities for visitors of all ages to develop their diagnostic skills as they assume the role of a veterinarian.

The free mobile museum will debut in Chicago at the AVMA’s 150th Anniversary Convention at McCormick Place, and then head out across the country, visiting more than 75 locations. Check back with us often to keep track of the tour schedule, and be sure to share the itinerary with your friends around the country so they don’t miss it, either.

We are proud to collaborate with our partners on such a fun, hands-on experience that will touch hundreds of thousands of people from coast to coast. We hope to see you on one of our many stops along the way.

2 thoughts on “Traveling Exhibit Highlights the Human-Animal Bond

  1. Wow, this is amazing (two of my favorite words when I am impressed). Kudos to J.B. Hancock at the AVMA Communications Division for her initiation of this project many years ago, perfectly timed for our 150th Anniversary, and to the Smithsonian and Zoetis for seeing the value and appeal of such an exhibit, and to all those who contributed to make it possible. Is there an exhibit travel schedule available online for members to access?

    • Thanks for writing, Dr. Carlson. We sure do appreciate the kind words and support. The travel schedule is still being finalized. Once we’ve got it nailed down, we will post it on our 150th Anniversary webpage ( We will also be posting an update in an upcoming issue of the AVMA@Work Newsletter.