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Pet owners will get some expert advice on taking care of their furry friends in a new community pet education initiative by veterinary students.
Massey University Veterinary Student Association will hold Pet Education Day at Barber Hall on Sunday.
MUVSA president Corey Regnerus said the day was a co-operative effort between some 500 Massey vet and vet tech students, lecturers, the Massey Vet Teaching hospital, the Palmerston North City Council and the SPCA.
The day will have interactive events, educational flyers and booths and a passport stop for each station.
Visitors can have their book stamped as they progress through Barber Hall.
‘‘We will have demon- stration animals there, but please leave your own pets at home,’’ Regnerus said,
Teddies will be permitted though, and children are invited to bring in their soft toys to the bandaging station.
Advice on most small household animals includes puppies and kittens, as well as exotic and ‘pocket’ pets, such as guinea pigs, rabbits, reptiles and birds.
Donations of pet food will be accepted, there will be raffles, gold coin face painting, pet training tips and a chance to contribute to the SPCA.
‘‘We don’t know how it will go. It’s never been done before. We hope to make it an annual event,’’ Regenerus said
Pet Education Day is on Sunday from 10am to 2pm.