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NC Museum of Natural Sciences exhibit gives students a glimpse into veterinary medicine

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Faith Daniel is glued to the glass at the medical hub for veterinarians at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. It's an opening into a world she dreams about.

“I think it's amazing. I think it's really cool to like work with sea animals, and I think they are amazing because they aren't living on land and some of them are mammals and they do need air but some of them aren't,” said Daniel.

On the other side, museum visitors crowd the window on animal health which provides a unique view of the vets' work.

“My favorite part of doing this every day, we've been doing this since April, is seeing the eyes. I always tell people everybody forgets where they are. Usually their eyes are wide open, their mouths are wide open and they are plastered to the glass,” said Don Dombrowski, chief veterinarian at N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences.

It is easy to see how excited the kids here are about this exhibit, but the adults share that passion for science too.

“I get excited working with it because I get exposed to new stuff everyday,” said Tia Simon, an intern at the museum.

And the exposure that comes with being part of this exhibit is helping Simon at school. The N.C. State sophomore is training to be a veterinarian.

“I think it's helped me be able to communicate with people who aren't familiar with veterinary terminology...it's helped me communicate with them,” said Simon.

The medical team turns the microphones and cameras on for a couple hours each weekday for people to participate.

“We hope that we've demystified veterinary medicine and opened it up to people [who] might not have had an opportunity otherwise to be a part of it, and we hope they walk away with lots of questions that they'll try to answer both in vet medicine and science in general,” said Dr. Dombrowski.

But for visitors like Faith Daniel with a passion for marine biology, it's hard to walk away

“It's pretty cool you get to see them operate on animals and see what they do with different animals and fish,” said Daniel.

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