Twycross Zoo vet days
Twycross Zoo vet days – so you want to be a vet!
Twycross Zoo Vet Days is a short course for students aged 14+.
The aim of the programme is to inspire interest and enthusiasm in biology and veterinary science and expand understanding of animal husbandry and welfare.
This project was supported by funding from ‘Catapulting Kids Further’, which allowed the pilot year to be free of charge to participating schools. Overall, 80 students took part in the Twycross Zoo Vet Days from East Midlands’ schools.
The course was developed to include a mixture of talks, hands on work with animals and group activities. Each student was provided with a workbook to guide them through the course. During the sessions, the students were given an opportunity to access resources that would not normally be available, from talking to vet students and health checking animals to working with zoo animal data.
Pre‐ and post‐visit questionnaires evaluated the impact of the Vet Days on the students which, combined with regular discussions between the Twycross Zoo staff involved to capture anecdotal evidence and teacher responses, enabled us to determine that the Vet Days were a success. All students enjoyed the experience, all felt more inspired to continue with science, particularly biology, and there were a number of individuals who were seriously considering becoming vets or pursuing other animal‐related careers as a result of attending.
The evaluation also gave us ideas for improving the Vet Days and these elements will be implemented for the Twycross Zoo Vet Days 2011/12.
WINNER of BIAZA Malcolm Whitehead AWARD 2011 for Best education project: schools and educational institutions