Pets and Vets

From service animals to household companions, our pets are so much more than an animal. Our Second Annual Pets and Vets Week, October 19 – 22, 2022, connects you to resources and animals that are shown to improve quality of life. Explore your options through demonstrations, educational engagements and more!

This free community event is open to the public. We always welcome well-behaved service animals trained to assist visitors with disabilities during their Museum visit.

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Partners On-Site:

  • Black Paw Canine
  • Buckeye Paws Therapy Dogs
  • Cat Welfare Association
  • Columbus Dog Connection
  • Pet Wants Columbus
  • Uncle Pawlies

Stockhands Horses for Healing: In the drop zone.

Panel Discussion: Working Dogs Before, During, and After Service, 1 p.m.

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Partners On-Site:

  • Black Paw Canine
  • Buckeye Paws Therapy Dogs
  • Cat Welfare Association
  • Columbus Dog Connection
  • Columbus Humane
  • Ohio Canid Center
  • Pet Wants Columbus
  • Uncle Pawlies
  • VCAS

Breakout Session: Urban Wildlife presented by the Ohio Canid Center, 1 p.m.

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Partners On-Site:

  • Berwick Animal Clinic
  • Black Paw Canine
  • Buckeye Paws Therapy Dogs
  • Cat Welfare Association
  • Columbus Dog Connection
  • Columbus Zoo
  • Golden Hobby
  • Growlers Dog Bones
  • Pet Wants Columbus
  • Pilot Dogs
  • Uncle Pawlies
  • VCAS

Breakout Session: Ambassador Animals with the Columbus Zoo, 12 p.m.

Breakout Session: What is a service Dog? with Black Paw Canine, 1:30 p.m.

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Partners On-Site:

  • 4 Paws for Ability
  • Black Paw Canine
  • Cat Welfare Association
  • Columbus Dog Connection
  • Delaware County Humane
  • Franklin County Auditor
  • Golden Hobby
  • Growlers Dog Bones
  • MALTAC K9
  • Pet Wants Columbus
  • VCAS

Breakout Session: Dog Training Basics for Beginners, 12 p.m.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS:

Breakout sessions are free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Wednesday, October 19 | 1 p.m.

Working Dogs Before, During, and After Service

Join us for a panel discussion with Chris Willingham, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired), Stacy Pearsall, U.S. Air Force (Retired) and Jessica Harris, U.S. Army, as they talk about their experience with working dogs in their lives before, during, and after service.

Thursday, October 20 | 1 p.m.

Urban Wildlife

Join the Ohio Canid Center at the Museum to learn about Urban Wildlife and the importance of protecting and coexisting with wildlife that we see every day. Learn about what makes them uniquely able to adapt to urban environments and how we can safely cohabitate with them as we are joined by one of Ohio Canid Center’s Ambassador Animals.

Friday, October 21 | 12 p.m.

Ambassador Animals with the Columbus Zoo

Join the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium at the Museum to learn about Ambassador Animals! Enjoy a close encounter with some of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s Ambassador Animals and have the opportunity to engage with a member of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s team who works closely with these animals every day.

Friday, October 21 | 1:30 p.m.

What is a service dog? with Black Paw Canine

Join Black Paw Canine at the Museum for a breakout session focused on educating the community about service animals. In this session, you will learn about what a service animal is, what they are capable of, as well as a short demonstration!

Saturday, October 22 | 12 p.m.

Dog Training Basics for Beginners

Join Sean, a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, from MALTAC K9 at the Museum for a free Basic Dog Obedience lesson. Learn how to teach your dog basic commands and maintain mutual connection and understanding safely and effectively.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

We welcome well-behaved service animals trained to assist visitors with disabilities during their Museum visit. Household pets and emotional support animals are not permitted.

We’re proud to partner with several organizations to make Pets and Vets possible, including Buckeye PawsUncle PawliesColumbus Dog ConnectionColumbus HumaneVCASGrowlers Dog Bones4 Paws for AbilityDelaware County Humane and more.

Plus, we will be joined by animal ambassadors from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Yes! The Museum has accessibility accommodations including mobility amenities, Braille resources and more. Click here for a full list.

Admission to the event is free and open to the public, but a ticket must be purchased if you would like to explore the Museum. We are offering a discounted $10 ticket for Museum visitors who attend our Pets and Vets events.

Interested in getting involved in Pets and Vets? Reach out to Ashley Legg at alegg@nationalvmm.org.

WEDS-SUN 10 A.M. - 5 P.M.
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