The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), will be chatting to the public about what it means to be a veterinary surgeon and veterinary nurse when it returns to BBC Countryfile Live in Oxfordshire next week.
The event takes place from Thursday 2 to Sunday 6 August 2017 at Blenheim Palace and is an offshoot of the popular BBC One television programme about rural and environmental issues.
At the show, which was held for the first time in 2016, the RCVS (the regulator for the veterinary professions in the UK) stand will once again be transformed into a make-believe veterinary practice, with lots of fun activities for grown-ups and children alike.
To promote and encourage veterinary careers, budding veterinary surgeons will be able to carry out make-believe surgery on a number of poorly (stuffed) animals, and veterinary nurses of tomorrow will be able to practise their bandaging skills on cuddly (toy) dog with sore paws.
There will also be a game – ‘Who’s who in your vet practice?’ - to help explain to show-goers the different roles within a typical veterinary practice team, including animal care assistants, veterinary nurses, Advanced Practitioner and RCVS Specialists. A lovely hamper full of Great British foods will be up for grabs for all those who match all five veterinary roles!
The College team will also be on hand to talk about the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme, a voluntary initiative in which veterinary practices can choose to apply for RCVS accreditation in order to demonstrate to the public that they meet certain standards, and its Find a Vet search tool – the go-to place online for information about veterinary practices anywhere in the UK.
“The Find a Vet search tool allows animal owners to find the veterinary practice, and veterinary team, that’s right for them," said Ian Holloway, Head of Communications at the RCVS,
"Whether you have a chameleon or a parakeet, need a practice that’s open all weekend or that’s achieved awards, or need to find an RCVS Specialist, Find a Vet is the place to search. Do come to visit our stand, if only to take a silly photo of your friends and family behind our Find A Vet photo board!
“We’re really looking forward to meeting everyone and explaining how we work to safeguard and improve animal health and welfare whilst having some fun along the way with our games and giveaways.”
To use the Find a Vet search tool visit www.findavet.org.uk. Further information about veterinary careers and the Practice Standards Scheme can be found at www.rcvs.org.uk/careers and www.rcvs.org.uk/RCVSaccredited respectively.