This February, we were asked by a local school teacher in Neston if there were any LUVS students who would be interested in going to their school and talking to their Year 1 and 2 children about the basics needs of animals and how to look after them. We were thrilled at the opportunity and six 4th year students volunteered for the job; Ellie Richardson, Beth Dixon, Zoe Morphew, Nicole Whittell, Becky Sedman and myself, Katie Burden. Each of us had our own 'topic' to teach and the children rotated round in each practical session. These included: match the baby to the mummy animal, what do you call a mummy and a daddy animal, how to care for injured wildlife such as hedgehogs and chicks, how to handle and feed small furries, what animals are endangered and what products come from which farm animals. The day was a great success with lots of fun had by teachers, pupils and vet students alike. We think its a brilliant initiative to start childrens education on animals early in schools and it's something our dedicated 'EdVet' team are working on to ensure people of all ages know exactly what us vets are here for!
Picture below are our lovely volunteers with their teaching props!