Students from Kawana Waters State College are learning what it takes to be a responsible pet owner and how to avoid dog bites as part of an education program run by the Australian Veterinary Association.
The Australian Veterinary Association’s Pets and People Education Program (AVA PetPEP) provides primary school students with skills for being safe around animals, and knowledge about how to care for animals responsibly.
Animal care professionals including veterinary nurse Emma Holohan from Greencross Vets Kawana Waters as well as Sunshine Coast Council Local Laws Officers are visiting Kawana Waters State College on Wednesday 9thNovember teaching prep students about:
- How to be a responsible pet owner in the local area
- How to keep your pets healthy and the role of the veterinarian in the community
- How to meet a new dog safely
- Make an animal smile – animal welfare
“Providing Queensland students with an understanding of responsible pet ownership and practical knowledge about how to interact safely with animals are important life skills that everyone should have,” explained Laurie Dowling, AVA Qld Division Executive Officer.
AVA PetPEP is a partnership between the Australian Veterinary Association, RSPCA Queensland and Biosecurity Queensland. The support of Brisbane City Council ensures this program is available to local schools free of charge.
This year AVA PetPEP will spread the word about responsible pet ownership and safety around animals to 20,000 students in more than 400 schools across Queensland.
Further information about AVA PetPEP, along with useful hints and tips about caring for animals, can be found online at: www.ava.com.au/petpep