If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a veterinarian or work in a veterinary hospital, now is your chance!  The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), in collaboration with Game Gurus, has created a great video game that allows you to test your skills and learn about veterinary medicine.

In the game, titled AVMA Animal Hospital, you start out as a new veterinarian.  As you make your way through the game’s various challenges, you work your way up to Chief Veterinarian of AVMA Animal Hospital.  Challenges include diagnosing and treating sick or injured animals, and the quicker you work, the more points you earn.

Throughout the duration of the game, players have the opportunity to learn about various ailments that are faced by our animal companions (including dogs, cats, birds, guinea pigs and turtles), as well as the tests that are used to diagnose them.  You’ll also learn the about the different treatment options that are available.  It’s great information for every pet owner to have, and the game offers a fun platform for learning.

In addition to pet owners, the game is useful for students who wish to learn more about science and veterinary medicine.  In fact, the AVMA has even prepared a teacher’s guide with student activities, which invites teachers to bring this game and its supplementary activities into the classroom.  Examples of some of the guide’s enrichment exercises include graphing bloodwork data, interviewing pet owners to gather subjective information, and matching a list of symptoms with the appropriate diagnostic options.

To get an idea of what you can expect from the game, check out the introductory video below:

If you’re ready to play AVMA Animal Hospital online now, click HERE to access the web-based version.

For anyone who wishes to download the game, it’s available for download on iPad and Android Tablets.

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