Cat Video Game for Aspiring Vets

The American Veterinary Medical Association has created a virtual vet game for aspiring pet healers.

By CatChannel News Editors | Posted: August 20, 2013, 12 p.m. EDT

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A screenshot of what the new AVMA Animal Hospital game looks like when in play.
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This screenshot of AVMA Animal Hospital shows where future veterinarians start when they come to 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 veterinarian clinic.

Kids as well as grown-ups can test their veterinary mettle by diagnosing and treating animals, including dogs, cats, birds, turtles 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, Ill.-based AVMA.

The game is available free through Apple’s AppStore, Google Play and here.

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

9/29/2013 11:49:44 PM

I just finished playing the game. You can play it in your browser if you follow the link in the article. Its pretty good, but you have to diagnose ailments a certain number of times to get a good score, and when you face a lot of repeats it can get frustrating. Im not sure if it is because I didn't do as well in the beginning or what. But by level 30 you really do memorize a lot of ailments and treatments and with that the game is successful. The music could be a bit better though.

Alissa    Talladega, AL

9/16/2013 7:06:20 AM

Fun! :)

Ludie    MURRAY, KY

9/12/2013 8:16:20 AM

I am already inspired because I want to make a difference and help hurting animals but this makes it more so and a little fun. As I type this my baby, a tabby I bottle fed from 2 days old is in my lap purring. :)

GracieLove    Reno, NV

9/11/2013 9:14:04 AM

That is absolutely the cutest game ever!!!! I want to play!

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