Kids, animals & education: PetPEP Program


AVA PetPEP is the Australian Veterinary Association’s Pets and People Education Program, an education initiative that teaches children about responsible pet ownership and safety around animals.

The program was developed by veterinarians and teachers to promote safe, healthy and responsible communities through a focus on how to interact with, understand and care for animals. AVA PetPEP was established over 25 years ago, and continues to engage with and help educate our next generation of responsible pet owners.

PetPEP visits are provided by veterinary clinics who participate in the program. Veterinarians and veterinary nurses will come out to your school and talk with your class. Contact your local veterinary clinic to see if they participate in the PetPEP program.

Our ‘Find a Vet’ service will soon be updated to allow you to easily find a veterinarian in your area who does PetPEP visits.

What are schools saying about PetPEP?

"We integrated it into the science curriculum focussing on living things and their needs. PetPEP also integrates into English with speaking and listening."
- Manly West State School, Qld

"The children loved it; you could tell by their wonderful behaviour and manners. A very worthwhile project!"
- Rockhampton North Special School, Qld

"PetPEP presenters were wonderful. The presentations were excellent and link well with all curriculum areas."
- Cleveland State School, Qld

"The students loved the interaction with the animals. Very effective for learning."
- Karalee State School, Qld