10-part CBBC series to follow six youngsters as they work alongside staff at the school to learn what it takes to work in the veterinary profession. Junior Vets begins on January 21, 2013.

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh has played host to a group of youngsters taking part in a new CBBC television show.

Jr VetsJunior Vets – a 10-part series showing on CBBC from January 21, 2013 – will see six wannabes working alongside vets at the school to learn what it takes to work in the veterinary profession.

In each episode, the children are put into teams of two to carry out a day’s worth of veterinary tasks, both at the school and out and about at farms and zoos.

Activities included taking part in a training zone to learn key skills, ranging from suturing to identifying abnormalities from x-rays. The kids also learned how to diagnose a pregnancy in a cow using a specialised training mannequin and testing hand and eye coordination.

Other duties included helping to take blood samples from African dwarf crocodiles, giving eye drops to a penguin, rasping a horse’s teeth and communicating with clients.

The Junior Vets also scrubbed up for surgery – including on an African grey parrot and a ferret – where they helped monitor the effects of anaesthetic.

Paul ManktelowAfter each training zone activity, vet skill credits were given to the best performing contestant, while vital vet work awards were given to those who impressed the most during the day’s veterinary work. Both the credits and awards contribute to who becomes the head junior vet at the end of the series.

The programme is presented by Paul Manktelow – a senior veterinary surgeon at the PDSA and veterinary director at online pet information source Vital Pet Health – who gives advice to the youngsters on the challenges they face.

David Argyle, head of the Royal Dick, said: “Many children from a diverse range of backgrounds want to become vets when they are older. This programme really gives a sense of what it being a vet entails, and all the different aspects associated with veterinary work. 

“For youngsters wanting to become a vet, it is immensely rewarding career with so many amazing experiences.”

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