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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County is presenting a series of exciting children's summer programs.
Designed for animal lovers ages 8-11 our half-day courses include favorites like Dog Care and Training, Cat Care, Pet First Aid and CPR and Pet Photography.
If your child has dreams of becoming a veterinarian the shelter is also offering "Veterinary Basics." This program includes a visit to the shelter's clinic and teaches students how to perform a basic animal exam, listen to an animal's heart and lungs through a stethoscope and use a microscope. At the end of the class, children learn about the problem of pet overpopulation and then work together in "surgical teams" to perform a mock spay surgery on a stuffed animal.
Children who enjoy shows like Animal Cops will like our Junior Humane Officer program. Attendees can practice fundamental pet care, become familiar with some of our community's basic animal laws and see how our Director of Animal Protection helps animals using specialized equipment. Most importantly, children will learn what they can do if they suspect an animal isn't being cared for properly.
Each child receives a certificate of accomplishment and special embossed tag certifying he or she is Junior Humane Officer graduate.
The HSVBIRC's children's summer programs will be offered June 24-28 and July 8-12 and July 15-19. Programs are $25 per day and include all instruction, materials and either a craft or take-home keepsake related to animals.
For more information about the children's classes or to register by phone, call at (772) 388-3331, Ext. 18 or visit www.hsvb.org.