Market Harborough Beavers learn about animal care at local veterinary practice

Market Harborough Beavers learn about animal care at local veterinary practice

(left to right) Hannah Warren (Ash Tree), Sheila Seaton (Beaver Scout Leader), Miguel Villamartin (Assistant Beaver Scout Leader), Paul Allenby (Assistant Group Scout Leader) and Caroline Drummond (Ash Tree Practice Manager)

The 3rd Market Harborough Beaver Scouts visited a Harborough veterinary practice to learn more about animal care as part of their scouting badge. Twenty boys and four leaders from the Kingfisher scout colony took a tour around the facilities at Ash Tree Veterinary Practice on Northampton Road.

Two of the partners at Ash Tree, Nick Turner and Tim Appleton introduced the boys to the practice and the work of a vet. To make the experience as realistic as possible, Ash Tree staff set up a mock operation in one of the practice’s operating theatres using Truffles the toy dog. The beaver scouts also listened to a talk about animal bones and were shown a selection of x-rays, including one featuring a dog that had swallowed a stone. Nick’s dog, Kevin, took part in a mock consultation where some of the children were able to listen to his heart using a stethoscope. The visit concluded with a question and answer session which enabled the boys to ask questions about animal care and the day to day life of the practice.

The visit was part of the 3rd Market Harborough Kingfisher Beaver’s badge programme, helping the boys gain their ‘animal friends’ badge. Beaver Scout Leader Sheila Seaton, who accompanied the boys on their visit, felt the experience was very worthwhile. “The boys really enjoyed visiting Ash Tree and seeing real vets in action,” she comments. “The boys are already working to complete the badge and some of them have been requesting pets as a result. One has made his mum buy a bird table, one found some lost kittens and another is looking after chickens.”

The staff at Ash Tree were pleased with the way that the visit went. “We believe that it is really important to educate people about animal care and so it was great to have such a young and enthusiastic audience,” comments Nick Turner. “We were also delighted to be able to assist the Kingfisher Beaver Scouts in attaining their animal friends badge. The boys were all very well behaved and it was a pleasure to show them around our practice.”

In addition to the main site in Market Harborough, Ash Tree Veterinary Practice has three other branches in Desborough, Rothwell and Kibworth. The practice, which has nine veterinary surgeons and six qualified veterinary nurses, specialises in the treatment of domestic pets and runs a range of clinics and classes including puppy socialisation classes and a pet slimming club.

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