Pet day to teach pet skills
Expert advice and hands-on participation is the promise of Sunday’s Massey University Veterinary Students Association Family Fun and Pet Education Day.
Held for the first time last year, the event was such a success, vet and vet tech students were repeating what association president Marc Herrmann called a free community outreach day for pet owners and would be pet owners.
The invitation is to leave pets at home, and go along to Barber Hall to take advantage of a room brimming with enthusiasm and animal expertise.
‘‘We are bringing the animals. Each [study] year will have a stall, and there’ll be advice on things like animal behaviour and training; how to choose the right pet for your household; how to take your dog to the vets to make it easier for you, the animal and the vet,’’ Herrmann said.
Vaccinations, worming and flea treatment would also be covered.
‘‘It’s a way for vet students to give back to the people of Palmerston North by sharing their knowledge and the things they have been taught. It’s a fun, interactive and educational day for all ages.’’
Along with the ‘‘special guest’’ dogs, cats and rabbits would be an ’’exotic’’ pet booth featuring lizards, parrots, rats and guinea pigs.
Herrmann said fourth year students would have a lifestyle block-themed stall with lambs, kid goats and chickens.
Joining in will be the SPCA, Greyhounds As Pets, and police who will bring along a police dog.
As well as face-painting, a bouncy castle and an animal photo booth, there will be prizes and giveaways, a barbecue, a chance to donate pet food to a local animal shelter, and donations to St John Ambulance.
Those looking at becoming vets could also find out about study and career options. Herrmann said it was an event the students were looking forward to.
‘‘Last year the community liked it, Massey staff liked it, and we [the students] were happy with how it went.’’
Sunday’s Massey pet day will be at Barber Hall in Waldegrave St from 9am to 1pm.
Guest cats, dogs and guinea pigs will be at Sunday’s vet students’ day.