Veterinary charity PDSA has announced its vet nurses have reached a record 60,000 plus children in the past 12 months as it carries out a programme of education and workshops.

Max, here with owner Laura, was saved by a health check on one of the Pet Check vehicles.

According to the charity, it has a tradition of taking its expertise into communities, and a funding boost from the People’s Postcode Lottery has helped it reach the education record.

Head of pet health and welfare at PDSA Nicola Martin said the organisation had adopted a new “intensive care approach” in 2014 and, because of the funding, its nurses were able to target 10 pet welfare “hotspots“, delivering three weeks of interactive sessions at local schools as well as a week-long visit from one of its Pet Check vehicles. Local pet hospitals also held community open days, and the vehicles returned six months later to see how owners were getting on.

“Children are the pet owners of the future,” she said. “By helping them to better understand animals’ needs, we can improve the lives of generations of pets to come.”

Five PDSA community vet nurses visited more than 400 schools throughout 2014, delivering more than 1,000 workshops. Meanwhile, more than 8,000 people visited the Pet Check vehicles, with nearly 4,500 dogs given free wellbeing checks. Areas targeted included North Lanarkshire, Birmingham, Merseyside, Bridgend in Wales, Basildon and Erewash.

“We know owners love their pets,” continued Mrs Martin. “By working with owners to share our expert advice, we are able to help turn their affection into positive action that improves the lives of their pets.”

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