Humane Education

Junior Vets in Training (Ages 7-10)

Jr. Vets in Training (JR. VIT) is a club offered to kids aged 7 – 10 who want to learn more about animals through hands on activities and learning! This program takes place on Monday evenings from 6:00pm until 8:00pm and runs for 6 weeks. Your JR. VIT will learn from our staff veterinarian about how to protect animals and keep them healthy. JR VITs will get to work in the clinic, and receive their very own scrub tops, just like vets have!

In the 6 weeks of program, JR. VITs will care for our shelter animals; learn some basic pet anatomy, lean about animal behaviour and how to spot a dangerous vs a safe animal. They will learn how to take animal vitals, learn why grooming is so important, and learn about the common behaviours we see with shelter animals. They will learn how to choose the right pet, what responsible pet ownership means and perform teddy bear surgery!

This club is a gateway into our very popular Vets in Training Program. Each week is a 2 hour in class lesson, just like in school, so this program is best suited for children who love to learn.

Spots will fill quickly, so get your animal lover signed up ASAP!

Next session: Wednesdays, January 23rd – February 27th

Time: 6 – 8pm

Cost: $300

Vets in Training (Ages 10 – 14)

The Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society is excited to host another Vets in Training session for children aspiring to be a vet or to work with animals in the future. Vets in Training is a 3 tier program (JR VIT, VIT, and SR VIT). These workshops will give children hands-on experience with animals and exclusive access to our on-site animal hospital. These workshops are taught by our on-site veterinarian,  veterinary technicians, special guests, and education coordinator.

The programs runs for six weeks and each workshop is two hours in length. Each session is lesson focused, and lessons are conducted in a classroom setting, so VIT is best suited for children who love to learn.
Children ages 10 to 14 can participate in the club. The club is restricted to 15 children so participants can get up close and experience hands-on practice.

Throughout the weeks, VITs will learn basic anatomy, perform physical exams, learn about proper nutrition and grooming, perform simulated surgery (learn to suture), learn about breed-specific diseases, and more.

Next Session beings in April!

Contact kathleen.mccaughey@awasco.ca to be contacted as soon as registration goes live. 

 

 

Senior Vets in Training (14+)

The Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society is excited to host SR Vets in Training, a program for youth aspiring to be a vet or to work with animals in the future. These workshops will give youth hands-on experience with animals and exclusive access to our on-site animal hospital. These workshops are taught by our on-site veterinarians, vet techs and animal care team.

The club runs for six weeks, from October 23rd – November 27th

SR Vets in Training is designed for youth ages 14+. The club is restricted to 15 participants so that students can get up close and experience hands-on practice.

Students will work with KWHS veterinarians on a weekly basis to help develop their veterinary passion, skills and knowledge.

 

Throughout the 6 weeks, SR VITs will learn:

Anatomy
Physical Exams and animal behaviour
Small Mammal unique requirements, exams
How to hospitalize a patient
Diagnostics
Disease prevention and nutrition
Hospitalization (meds, bandaging, catheter)
Catheter placement
Suturing in a simulated environment

Pet First Aid

Walks n`Wags is the largest and most recognized Pet First Aid certification course in Canada, and we are excited to offer this course at the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society!

Pet First Aid is a fun-filled, informative day-long course that prepares all animal lovers to respond effectively to pet emergencies. As responsible pet owners, it is necessary to know the harms that our pets can be exposed to, and prevent the possibility of injury, illness, death or disability. The course will give you the necessary information and skills required to stabilize an injured animal until qualified veterinary care can be accessed.

Some course topics include:

  • Prevention of illness and injury
  • Restraint and transportation
  • Shock, vital signs
  • Bleeding and other wounds
  • Poisoning
  • Injuries from heat and cold
  • Choking
  • Artificial Respiration (AR) and Cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • And much more!

The course is approximately 10 hours, and can be completed in either 1 or 2 days. The course fee is $150, which includes instruction time from a certified Pet First Aid instructor, reference manual and support materials, and a certificate from Walks n’ Wags Pet First Aid, valid for 3 years.

Private and group courses are available, contact Kathleen to book your course!

Cost: $150

Please note this course is for adults, ages 16+

Student Co-Op Opportunities.

The Community Programs department is always on the lookout for passionate individuals with an interest in educating the community. For Co-op opportunities, please e-mail our Human Resources and Volunteer Manager, Kim McDonald at kim.mcdonald@awasco.ca