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AVMA Uses Video Game To Reach Next Generation

The new video game AVMA Animal Hospital is for future veterinarians or anyone interested in treating animals.

Clay Jackson
Posted: August 16, 2013, 6:40 p.m. EDT

outside clinic of AVMA Animal Hospital game
This screenshot shows what the new "AVMA Animal Hospital" game looks like during play.

Rather than focusing on marauding zombies, the American Veterinary Medical Association is targeting future veterinarians through its brand-new video game, "AVMA Animal Hospital."

The new game, a combination of "Beat The Clock” and "Operation,” takes place in a virtual veterinary clinic.

Children as well as grown-ups can test their veterinary mettle by diagnosing and treating animals, including dogs, cats, birdsturtles and guinea pigs, suffering from a variety of conditions before time elapses.

The audience the AVMA had in mind for the game is fourth through eighth graders, but anyone who enjoys animals is encouraged to play.

"We wanted to make a fun game that players would come back to again and again, but more importantly, we wanted there to be a strong educational component to it as well,” said Ron DeHaven, DVM, CEO of the Schaumburg, Illinois-based AVMA.

The game is available free through Apple’s AppStore, Google Play and at the AVMA website

"Games are a great way to learn, and we hope AVMA Animal Hospital helps educate and inspire the next generation of veterinarians,” DeHaven added.

The game was developed by Game Gurus, a Seattle-based educational video game developer, with input from veterinarians used to create realistic animal diagnoses and treatments for the game.

The AVMA helped fund the development of the game and to make it free to the public.

inside lobby of AVMA Animal Hospital game
This screenshot of the AVMA Animal Hospital video game shows where future veterinarians start when they come to play.

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Posted: August 16, 2013, 6:40 p.m. EDT


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