WELFARE: Aston Vickers and Eli Mickelborough with the RSPCA.
WELFARE: Aston Vickers and Eli Mickelborough with the RSPCA. Michael Doyle

Students learn animal welfare

STUDENTS at the Dalby Christian College last week engaged with representatives from the RSPCA to learn the importance of animal welfare, as well as what they can do to care for their own pets.

The RSPCA Queensland Education Mobile Unit (EMU) visited the college on Thursday with a full day of interactive workshops and classes for students of all ages.

The mobile classroom, which is sponsored by Arrow Energy, travels across the state and aims to provide students a play-based learning experience, focusing on the vital message of animal welfare.

RSPCA Queensland Senior Education Officer Daryl Joy said the program was important to the area with a heavy focus on farm life.

"EMU is visiting schools and communities across the Surat and Bowen Basins to promote respect for animals, best farming practices, and to educate others about key animal welfare issues,” Mr Joy said.

"It teaches kids about the little things they can do for their own pets like making sure they have clean drinking water, taking them for regular exercise, and also what they can do to keep native animals safe,” she said.

The program highlights key animal welfare issues faced by the community, and uses a multi-media platform in its classrooms to learn their responsibilities to the environment.

"The program is very hands-on and fun for the kids, so they are learning without even realising it,” Mr Joy said.

"Empathy and responsibility are learned responses and it's great to see children gaining a better understanding of what they can do for their pets and for local wildlife.”

One of the workshops provided for the students was a make-shift surgery table, where the students could care for animals.

Several computers were provided with games and information on native animals.

There were also dioramas providing visual learning for the students, as well as hands on learning for the students to enjoy.

The prep students of the college were the first group to learn in the mobile classroom yesterday.

Prep teacher Sue Attwood said the lessons learned by her children were valuable.

"They are learning how to treat and care for their pets at home and all animals,” Mrs Attwood said.

"It is also great for the children to learn who the RSPCA are and what they do,” she said.


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