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At PDSA we are passionate about educating children about pets. We believe it’s important for children to learn to care for and respect animals – as this helps them grow up to become the caring and compassionate pet owners of the future. We think it’s vital to ensure the next generation know how to care for their pets and stay safe around animals – and we love working with teachers to inspire and engage young people. We've got loads of great educational resources for you to download, or you can book a talk with one of our Community and Education Vet Nurses

Take a look at how we can help you...

Hold a PDSA Pet Day

Can you help us to celebrate our Centenary in 2017 by holding a PDSA Pet Day? You'll be raising money for sick and injured pets too. Find out more about holding a PDSA Pet Day


Talks from vet professionals all about pets

Our workshops are free and are available for primary aged children and youth groups across Key Stages 1, 2 & 3; the unique sessions are delivered by our fantastic team of Community Education Vet Nurses and are based on PowerPoint presentations with a selection of animal videos, class participation and activities. 

We’ll do our best to fulfil as many requests as possible, but in the event that we can’t visit, we’ll send you fantastic resources to deliver your own sessions.

All our sessions have links to the National Curriculum and SMSC

Secondary and Further Education workshops can be delivered by prior arrangement depending on resources and availability. Please contact the education team to discuss your requirements at education@pdsa.org.uk

Topics include: 

  • The five welfare needs - Gives an overview of what all animals need to be healthy and happy. Based on the care of dogs, cats and rabbits, it teaches children how to be responsible pet owners. 
  • Canine Communication - Teaches children how amazing dogs are, how to recognise what they’re telling them through their body language and how to keep themselves safe. Recent alarming statistics state that hospital admissions for dog bite incidents has increased by 76% in the last 10 years, with most admissions being in children under 10. Our session, which was developed with dog behaviour experts, is aimed at tackling this problem. Download our 'Learn to Speak Dog with PDSA' worksheet here.
  • Animal Heroes in War and Peace - Looks at the heroic acts of animals in times of war and peace, PDSA’s medal programme and its animal recipients. Also shares the amazing stories of PDSA’s Pet Survivor awards. 

All our workshops can be tailored to meet your learning objectives, including adaptations for different age groups or learners with mild special educational needs. We’re always happy to discuss your specific requirements or fit in with topics and ideas

Session details:

Sessions for Nursery and Reception children last for 30 minutes and all other primary sessions last for 45 minutes. To ensure the most fun, learning and interaction from our visits, we ask that Nursery and Reception classes have no more than 30 children and all other year groups, no more than 60. Assemblies have no restriction in terms of numbers.

As a charity, we need to make sure our limited resources are used as efficiently as possible. Therefore, we like to deliver to as many year groups as we can in one visit, to make the best use of our nurses’ time and reduce our travel costs - We appreciate in advance your support in trying to arrange as many sessions as possible.

If you’re unable to arrange multiple sessions, we would appreciate time to deliver a whole school assembly.

Free pre and post session activities:
All our sessions include activities you can do with learners both before and after our visit. Each class is supplied with a ‘Teacher’s pack’ which tells you everything you need to know about our visit.

FREE take home resources for every child

All learners will take home a copy of our fantastic Animal Antics magazine absolutely free. It’s packed full of fun competitions, puzzles, posters and fascinating animal facts to engage the whole family with learning about pets. 

With our feedback reports showing 100% scores for enjoyment and requests for return visits, we guarantee that the children will enjoy our sessions and learn a lot from them

What schools say about our visits:

Cockton Primary School

'The content was excellent and it fit nicely with current priorities in school such as respect, responsibility and British values. The children were all engaged for the whole session – lovely resources and a friendly speaker, who pitched all questions perfectly for Y2 children. Thank you!'

Collingwood Primary School

'A great session! Pitched at the right level for our children with careful use of vocabulary. They all thoroughly enjoyed it. A nice mix of teaching aids including; PowerPoint, videos and practical activities. Brilliant!'

We’ll do our best to fulfil as many requests as possible, but in the event that we can’t visit, we’ll send you fantastic resources to deliver your own sessions. * We can offer sessions within an hour's drive time of the following: Kirkcaldy;Fife, Shiremoor; Tyne and Wear, Dukinfield; Cheshire, Carlton; Nottingham, Tonna; Neath and London SE15. For all schools and groups outside of this area, we can provide resources for you to deliver your own sessions. 

*All our sessions have links to the National Curriculum and SMSC

Download free curriculum-linked resources

Download free curriculum-linked resources

At PDSA our free resources have been created by vets and teachers specifically for use in the classroom. You can download these for free and use them to deliver curriculum objectives for a range of subjects and key stages by teaching about animals, how to stay safe around them and how to look after pets.

The free packs include:

Lesson plans
Assessment sheets
Task sheets

PDSA Pet Day

Hold a PDSA Pet Day

Join in with our Centenary celebrations in 2017 and help sick and injured pets too.

In November 1917, Maria Dickin, CBE, opened the first ‘People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals of the Poor’. Almost 100 years later, we’re still carrying on Maria’s life-saving work.

If your school would like to raise money for sick and injured pets and have lots of fun, why not arrange your own Pet Day?


Join our Pet Club!

We have designed these fun and educational activities for teachers to run as an after-school club – you could call it a Pet Project. 

The PDSA Pet Club has three different levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold.

Through these, children learn about a range of animal subjects, including caring for their pet, and how to stay safe around animals. 

You can find more information on the levels by visiting our Pet Club page.

Check out our video of a Pet Club in action.

Order PDSA merchandise

Grab PDSA goodies

We've got great PDSA pocket money gifts available for your school, including:

  • Mini Cat, Dog and Rabbit cuddly toys
  • Cat and dog pens
  • PDSA pin badges

It's easy to place an order! Download and send us the order form below or take a look at the great gifts on offer and call us on 0800 019 9144.
Dog, cat and rabbit cuddly toys
Schools Writing Competition

Schools Writing Competition 2017

Do you have a class of fantastic storytellers? Are you looking for resources to support your delivery of the literacy curriculum?
Our schools writing competition might be exactly what you need.

Hillary Robinson, best-selling children's author, has written a line from the beginning, middle and end of a story. It's up to your class to write the rest! 
World Book Day logo
Downloads for kids
Children's individual memberships

Join our Pet Protectors Club!

Pet Protectors is our junior membership club for kids who love pets or want to be vets. Members get:

  • A personalised membership pack, crammed with goodies AND a free gift.
  • Animal Antics magazine delivered to your door every 2 months
  • The chance to enter exclusive competitions and win prizes, including VIP tours behind-the-scenes in our Pet Hospitals.

You can find out more and join the club by visiting our Pet Protectors page.
PDSA Pet Protectors pack

Book a talk

Meet our team of Community and Education Vet Nurses and book a talk with the nurse in your area. 

PDSA Pet Day

Hold a PDSA Pet Day this November to raise money for sick and injured pets.

PetWise MOT Workshop

Limited number of places available on our workshops