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The Tribune (NZ) - - TERRACE END -

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.

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