Talks from vet professionals all about pets
Our workshops are free and are available for primary aged children and youth groups across Key Stages 1, 2 & 3; the unique sessions are delivered by our fantastic team of Community Education Vet Nurses and are based on PowerPoint presentations with a selection of animal videos, class 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 have links to the National Curriculum and SMSC. All of our Experts are fully insured and DBS checked with an enhanced disclosure.
Secondary and Further Education workshops can be delivered by prior arrangement depending on resources and availability. Please contact the education team to discuss your requirements at firstname.lastname@example.org
- The five welfare needs - Gives an overview of what all animals need to be healthy and happy. Based on the care of dogs, cats and rabbits, it teaches children how to be responsible pet owners.
- Canine Communication - Teaches children how amazing dogs are, how to recognise what they’re telling them through their body language and how to keep themselves safe. Recent alarming statistics state that hospital admissions for dog bite incidents has increased by 76% in the last 10 years, with most admissions being in children under 10. Our session, which was developed with dog behaviour experts, is aimed at tackling this problem. Download our 'Learn to Speak Dog with PDSA' worksheet.
- Animal Heroes in War and Peace - Looks at the heroic acts of animals in times of war and peace, PDSA’s medal programme and its animal recipients. Also shares the amazing stories of PDSA’s Pet Survivor awards.
All our workshops can be tailored to meet your learning objectives, including adaptations for different age groups or learners with mild special educational needs. We’re always happy to discuss your specific requirements or fit in with topics and ideas
Sessions for Nursery and Reception children last for 30 minutes and all other primary sessions last for 45 minutes. To ensure the most fun, learning and interaction from our visits, we ask that Nursery and Reception classes have no more than 30 children and all other year groups, no more than 60. Assemblies have no restriction in terms of numbers.
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.
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!'
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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.