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Bayer and The Royal Veterinary College have once again teamed up to host two free education days at Bayer’s Reading headquarters for young people interested in pursuing a career working with animals.

Veterinary teams from Bayer and the RVC were on hand to deliver two action packed days educating students on the various career options open to them through studying science and most importantly, the vital roles they could play in the future through learning how to protect animals, as well as benefit humans.

The lucky children in attendance, who were aged from nine to eighteen, had the chance to become the vets for the day in their gowns and stethoscopes. They learnt how veterinary surgeons examine X rays and skeletons, measure the heart rate of animals with the help of Caspar the CPR dog, bandage up toy animals and even explore plastinated specimens and parasites. They also got a special visit from an array of different animals including snakes, tortoises and even a skunk.

In addition to this, Monty an assistance dog also joined the workshop to say hello to the children and demonstrate some of the valuable work animals like Monty do out in the community.

Helping to host the event, Hannah Lloyd, Veterinary Scientific Liaison for Bayer Animal Health commented: “Having qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the RVC in 2012, this is such a rewarding opportunity for me on both a personal and professional level. Working with animals has allowed me to pursue a wonderful career path to date and therefore, now having the ability to give young people the chance to learn more about the possibilities of science and working with animals is a real pleasure. These workshops will help open the minds of students by giving them great insight which will hopefully, help them to make more confident career decisions at a later date”.

Dr Grace Mackintosh Sim, of the Royal Vet College said: “We are delighted to be working with Bayer and our fantastic student ambassadors to help both Primary and Secondary pupils explore their future options. Research shows that positive early experiences are important for young people choosing their careers. We want them to be inspired and able to make informed decisions about their next steps”

Bayer opened its first UK Baylab in Reading to help encourage more young people to learn about the opportunities STEM and science can bring. By the end of 2019, the Baylab will have welcomed over 7000 students and teachers through its doors, engaged up to 32,000 students through its resources and increased the levels of inspiration towards science consistently via their delivery of over nine workshops.

The RVC work with over 40,000 young people per year as part of their Widening Participation programme, to encourage social mobility amongst disadvantaged and under-represented groups.

For more information on Bayer’s Baylab visit -