Veterinary nursing students at Edinburgh Napier University have been finding out about guide dogs and some of the problems visually impaired people face.

Guide dog Royal and its owner David Keenan visited the university and allowed the students to spend the day with them.

The students learned more about how it felt to carry out everyday tasks with a visual impairment, how to guide a client and how to work with a guide dog.

Lecturer Mary Fraser said it was very important vets and veterinary nurses were able to communicate and work efficiently with all clients – both those with pets and assistance dogs.

Dr Fraser said: “Through working with Guide Dogs we hope our students will develop employability skills that will prepare them well for the workplace.”

Guide Dogs looks after more than 8,000 dogs. The university says good relationships with veterinary practices are key to the welfare and effectiveness of the animals and their owners.

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