Pet day to teach pet skills

The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATIONS - RICHARD MAYS

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.

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Guest cats, dogs and guinea pigs will be at Sun­day’s vet stu­dents’ day.

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