Ipswich City Council supports the AVA PetPEP Program, which helps students to understand the importance of responsible pet ownership. The program is delivered at local schools by the Australian Veterinary Association.
How does my school benefit from the program?
This unique program brings animal education directly to children at their school.
Teachers find the visits a great way to involve local community professionals with the school and its students.
Children involved in an AVA PetPEP School Visit benefit from a free hands-on, interactive and visual learning experience delivered by qualified vets and other animal care professionals.
School visits may involve veterinarians, vet nurses, local laws and/or animal management officers from local councils, RSPCA Queensland, Biosecurity Queensland, wildlife carers, dog trainers and representatives from guide and assistance dog organisations. The combined efforts of these presenters has the powerful potential to improve children’s understanding and appreciation of animals, their needs, and how to be safe around them.
School visits are between 30 minutes and two hours in duration, with each school visit involving up to four presenters.
Each presentation lasts 20 minutes and groups of students move through the presentations on a rotation basis.
The program is free, aligned with the Australian curriculum and fully coordinated and resourced by our team.