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Mobile animal-themed exhibit sets up at Penn State, hopes to inspire veterinary study, educate visitors

Animal Connections: Our Journey Together, a custom-built exhibition housed in an 18-wheel truck that expands into 1,000 square feet of space, visits Penn State Friday.
Animal Connections: Our Journey Together, a custom-built exhibition housed in an 18-wheel truck that expands into 1,000 square feet of space, visits Penn State Friday. CDT photos

Spencer Emma and Megan Wisniewski entered an animal-themed tractor-trailer Friday afternoon and tinkered with several interactive games.

The first allowed them to use a touchscreen computer to click on an animal and attempt to diagnose its sickness.

The activity was part of “ Animal Connections: Our Journey Together,” a free, traveling exhibition that educates visitors about animals in an 18-wheel truck.

It’s a custom-built, 1,000-square-foot mobile science display that began touring in January and runs until the first week in December, to honor the 150th anniversary of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

It’s presented by the Smithsonian Institution, said tour ambassador Lynn Bunch, who oversees the truck with her husband, Loyd Bunch, the driver.

She said it was created to help inspire the next generation of veterinarians.

“We drive from city to city and educate guests,” Lynn Bunch said.

The exhibit includes information about how animal health is tied to human well-being, veterinary medical facts and a behind-the-scenes look at animal care and research at the National Zoo, said Kara Dunmire, an agriculture advocate with Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Themes are animals in the home, on the farm, at the zoo, in the wild and at the veterinary clinic.

“People can go on self-guided tours and learn a little bit of everything,” Dunmire said.

This is the first time it has made its way to Penn State, and the exhbit will be on campus through the weekend.

The next stop is the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia.

It’s sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical association and foundation and Zoetis, which develops and manufactures animal health medicines and vaccines.

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