PORTLAND, ORE. — FutureVet, an innovative new toolkit designed to help veterinarians talk with students about veterinary medicine, is available at cost to all veterinarians from Banfield Charitable Trust.
Five FutureVet kits (covering grades K to college undergraduates) offer DVMs entertaining and educational ways to talk to children and young adults about veterinary medicine, career opportunities and pet care.
According to Dr. Scott Campbell, president of Banfield, the kits were designed to fill a need. The goal: help veterinarians talk with students about veterinary medicine in order to attract and encourage careers in the profession.
The new toolkits were created without any affiliation so that practicing veterinarians feel comfortable in using the materials in talks with school-aged children. Everything a DVM needs to make a great presentation is included in a single box.
The toolkits include:
- Pre-K-1st grade: Presentation designed to teach children about pets, where they live, how they are cared for and the responsibility of pet ownership. Other tools include: Two posters, an overview guide, 30 junior stethoscopes and 30 goodie bags (worksheet of the posters, coloring book, crayons, stickers, a bookmark and pet mythbuster worksheet).
- 2nd-5th grades: The pet exam presentation including an identification of different veterinary instruments and their purposes. Other tools: an overview guide, a 10-piece anatomical model set as a gift to the class, 30 junior stethoscopes and 30 goodie bags for students (FutureVet pencils, stickers, a bookmark and pet mythbuster worksheet).
- 6th-8th grades: This presentation focuses on making comparisons between veterinary and human medicine. Case studies where students play the role of the veterinarian are included. Other tools: An overview guide, a 10 piece anatomical model set as a gift to the class, copies of three X-rays (no light box needed), 30 goodie bags (FutureVet pencils, stickers, a bookmark and a pet mythbuster worksheet, and three FutureVet T-shirts for prizes.
- 9th-12th grade: Presentation on a career in veterinary medicine. Mini-labs allow students to work in pairs to complete fun, hands-on radiology and parasitology lessons. Other tools include: An overview guide, a 10-piece anatomical model set as a gift to the class, materials for radiology, parasitology mini-labs and 40 goodie bags for students (FutureVet pens, stickers, a bookmark, a pet mythbuster worksheet, three FutureVet T-shirts as prizes.
- High school/college undergraduate career fair:
Informative materials about a career in veterinary medicine are assembled for use at career fairs. The kit includes: FutureVet bookmarks (75), pens (75), stickers (75), brochures (75), poster (with easel back).
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