Animal experts from the University of Edinburgh will be on hand to help six youngsters get to grips with life as a vet in the return of a popular CBBC TV series.

The six hopefuls from series 2 of CBBC’s Junior Vets.

The second series of CBBC’s Junior Vets, which started this week, gives six children the opportunity to learn how to treat sick and injured animals and get hands on with real life cases – all with the aid of vets from the University’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, who will help them to learn key skills, such as suturing wounds and diagnosing diseases from x-rays and other scans.
More than 1,000 young people applied to take part in the series, filmed over ten episodes, which airs on weekdays at 7.45am. The first five episodes aired this week, with the concluding episodes being broadcast from June 9-13.
The children are competing to be crowned Head Junior Vet at the end of the series, and their performance will be judged by the show’s host and The One Show presenter Alex Riley.

Each episode sees the children split into teams of two to carry out that day’s veterinary tasks, both at the University’s vet school and out and about at farms and zoos.
The youngsters are faced with a range of challenges, which include:
  • aiding vets with a caesarean on a pregnant cow
  • helping to fit a potential future champion foal with a microchip
  • assisting the diagnosis of an injured lion
Their duties also include assisting with health checks on household pets as well as penguins at the zoo and even a shark at Deep Sea World in Fife.
David Argyle, head of the University’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, said: “We’re delighted to have welcomed Junior Vets back for a second series, which showcases the range of exciting experiences that life as a vet can bring.”

Prof Argyle adde: “Being a vet is immensely rewarding and we hope the show will inspire young people from all backgrounds to consider a career in animal medicine.”

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