PDSA Education Centre

At PDSA we are passionate about educating children about pets. We believe it’s important for children to learn to care for and respect animals – as this helps them grow up to become the caring and compassionate pet owners of the future. We think it’s vital to ensure the next generation know how to care for their pets and stay safe around animals – and we love working with teachers to inspire and engage young people. We've got loads of great educational resources for you to download, or you can book a talk with one of our Community and Education Vet Nurses.

Take a look at how we can help you...

Talks from vet professionals all about pets

Our sessions are free and are available for all ages. Our unique sessions are delivered by our experienced team of Community Education Vet Nurses and are based on PowerPoint presentations with a selection of animal videos, group participation and activities. 

We’ll do our best to fulfil as many requests as possible, but in the event that we can’t visit, we’ll send you fantastic resources to deliver your own sessions.

Our sessions support the National Curriculum across Key Stages 1, 2 & 3 and support community social action plans. All of our experts are fully insured and DBS checked with an enhanced disclosure.

Further Education sessions can be delivered by prior arrangement depending on resources and availability. Please book a talk via our online form or email our Community and Education team to discuss your requirements at education@pdsa.org.uk


Topics include:

  • An Introduction to PDSA – An overview of PDSA, the work we do and how we help. Shares amazing stories of the pets PDSA has helped. Ideally, you should allow 30 minutes for this session, however it can be flexible. This session works best as a whole school assembly.
  • Get PetWise –  This session provides an overview of what pets need to be healthy and happy. Based on the care of dogs, cats and rabbits, it teaches the audience how to be responsible pet owners. (1 hour)
  • Canine Communication – Identifies how to recognise what dogs are telling us through their body language and how to stay safe around dogs. (1 hour)
  • Animal Heroes –  Looks at the brave and heroic acts of animals from war time to today, PDSA's medal programme and its animal recipients. This session also shares the amazing stories of everyday pets in society.
  • Get Set for the Right Pet – This session covers the costs associated with owning popular pets with a Maths focus for audiences of appropriate ages and encourages the audience to make an informed decision when choosing a pet.
  • In the Pet Hospital – This session brings the Pet Hospital to the audience. you will be taken on a journey through the hospital, following one of our special patients through his treatment programme. It will introduce you to different careers within the hospital and, for Key Stage 3 and above, identifies the qualification criteria required to pursue a veterinary career.

All of our sessions can be adapted for learners with special educational needs. We're always happy to discuss your specific requirements.

Session details:

Sessions for Nursery and Reception children last for 30 minutes and all other sessions last for 60 minutes.

As a charity, we need to make sure our limited resources are used as efficiently as possible. Therefore, we like to deliver to as many year groups as we can in one visit, to make the best use of our nurses’ time and reduce our travel costs - We appreciate in advance your support in trying to arrange as many sessions as possible.

If you’re unable to arrange multiple sessions, we would appreciate time to deliver a whole school assembly.

For all sessions, (excluding assemblies), each child will need to be equipped with paper and writing material and we recommend holding the session in a classroom environment.

Please note, a teacher/adult supervisor MUST be present at all times to supervise the class.

Please be advised that we do not bring live animals to our sessions. This is to ensure our nurses’ focus is on the learning and the pupils.


What schools say about our visits:


Cockton Primary School

'The content was excellent and it fit nicely with current priorities in school such as respect, responsibility and British values. The children were all engaged for the whole session – lovely resources and a friendly speaker, who pitched all questions perfectly for Y2 children. Thank you!'


Collingwood Primary School

'A great session! Pitched at the right level for our children with careful use of vocabulary. They all thoroughly enjoyed it. A nice mix of teaching aids including; PowerPoint, videos and practical activities. Brilliant!'

Book a talk.

We’ll do our best to fulfil as many requests as possible, but in the event that we can’t visit, we’ll send you fantastic resources to deliver your own sessions. * We can offer sessions within an hour's drive time of the following: Kirkcaldy;Fife, Shiremoor; Tyne and Wear, Dukinfield; Cheshire, Carlton; Nottingham and London SE15. For all schools and groups outside of this area, we can provide resources for you to deliver your own sessions.

Download free curriculum-linked resources

At PDSA our free resources have been created by vets and teachers specifically for use in the classroom. You can download these for free and use them to deliver curriculum objectives for a range of subjects and key stages by teaching about animals, how to stay safe around them and how to look after pets.

The free packs include:

  • Lesson plans
  • worksheets
  • assessment sheets
  • task sheets
  • videos
  • PowerPoints.

Download our resources

PDSA Pet Day and Enterprise Day

In November 1917, Maria Dickin, CBE, opened the first ‘People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals of the Poor’. One hundred years later, we’re still carrying on Maria’s life-saving work.

We can’t do this without your support.

Here are some ways you can help:

Hold a PDSA Pet Day

If you'd like to join in with our Centenary celebrations and help sick and injured pets too, why not arrange your own Pet Day?

HOLD A PET DAY

Hold a PDSA Enterprise Day

If you’d like to take a more curriculum-based approach to raise money for sick and injured pets, then why not hold an Enterprise Day as part of your Enrichment Programme?

The activities help develop children’s social, economic, communication and inter-personal skills, while enhancing their interest in the STEM subjects.

The day is designed to give children an insight into how the business world works as well as promoting teamwork.

ENTERPRISE DAY RESOURCES

The Petwise School Award

Are you a primary school teacher in a setting where the pupils are passionate about pets? Do you want to support PDSA and help the nation #GetPetWise through the teaching of the 5 Welfare Needs? Well, why not sign up to our free award programme, PetWise School Award?

The award consists of four easy to follow levels, each one full of free fun resources. Every National Curriculum-linked session comes complete with a step by step lesson plan, a PowerPoint presentation and worksheets – no need for any planning.

You’ll be able to sign up to PetWise School Award next month but if you’d like to register your interest in the meantime, please email us at education@pdsa.org.uk and we’ll send you a link to sign up to the free award programme as soon as it’s launched.

You can find more information on the levels by visiting our FAQS

Grab PDSA goodies

We've got great PDSA pocket money gifts available for your school, including: 

  • Mini Cat, Dog and Rabbit cuddly toys
  • cat and dog pens
  • PDSA pin badges.

Take a look at the great gifts on offer. 

It's easy to place an order! Download and send us the order form or call us on 0800 019 9144.

Downloads for kids

Find out how to keep your pets healthy and happy by downloading your free info guides.

 

Why not raise some money for poorly pets by downloading these free activity sheets?

Join our Pet Protectors Club!

Pet Protectors is our junior membership club for kids who love pets or want to be vets. Members get:

  • A personalised membership pack, crammed with goodies AND a free gift.
  • Animal Antics magazine delivered to your door every 2 months
  • The chance to enter exclusive competitions and win prizes, including VIP tours behind-the-scenes in our Pet Hospitals.

You can find out more and join the club by visiting our Pet Protectors page.

Book a talk

Meet our team of Community and Education Vet Nurses and book a talk with the nurse in your area.
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PDSA Pet Day

Hold a PDSA Pet Day this November to raise money for sick and injured pets.
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PetWise MOT Workshop

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