Vets in
Training

Junior Vets in Training (Ages 7-10)

Jr. Vets in Training (JR. VIT) is a club offered to kids aged 7-10 who want to learn more about animals through hands on activities and learning! The popular Jr. Vets in Training class is moving online for the fall! Each week, Jr. VITs will meet with a different expert in the veterinary field and learn all about the industry.

Join us for our next session!

Dates: Mondays, November 2nd to November 30th
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Cost: $200. If a sibling will be on the same computer, a sibling price of $60 is applied
Session length: 5 weeks
Taught By: One of our staff Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians
Our participants will receive a "VIT bag" before the start of class with all of the materials they will need. This bag will include their scrub tops, stethoscopes, notebooks and pens, activity sheets, all other needed materials, and some surprises, too! Camp bags can be picked up at our Kitchener or Stratford centres, or can be shipped for a fee.

What can JR. VIT’s expect to learn?

  • How to care for shelter animals
  • Basic pet anatomy, how to take animal vitals and common behaviours
  • How to spot a dangerous vs a safe animal
  • Why grooming is important
  • How to choose the right pet for your family when adopting
  • Responsible pet ownership

This club is a gateway into our very popular Vets in Training Program. Each week is a 2 hour in class lesson, just like school, so this program is best suited for children who love to learn. Spots will fill quickly, so get your animal lover signed up ASAP!

Vets in Training (Ages 10-14)

The Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo and Stratford Perth is excited to host a virtual Vets in Training session for children aspiring to be a vet or work with animals in the future. Vets in Training is a 3-tier program (JR VIT, VIT, and SR VIT). These workshops will give children hands-on experience with animals and exclusive access to our on-site animal hospital.

Join us for our next session!

Dates: September 30th – October 28th
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Cost: $220
Session length: 5 weeks
Taught By: One of our staff Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians, special guests and program staff. For the fall, Vets in Training will take place virtually via Zoom. A sibling on the same screen can be added for an additional $80.
Take homes: This bag will include their scrub tops, stethoscopes, Pet First Aid materials, notebooks and pens, activity sheets, all other needed materials, and some surprises, too!

What can VITs expect to learn?

  • Basic anatomy
  • Perform physical exams
  • All about Parasites
  • Breed specific diseases
  • And more!

Classes will include a lecture, a break, and a practical portion. These classes are very engaging, and VITs are encouraged to ask our vet team questions throughout. Activities during the lecture will ensure your VITs are staying actively involved for the full class.

Senior Vets in Training (14+)

The Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo and Stratford Perth is excited to host SR Vets in Training (Sr VIT), a program for youth aspiring to be a vet or to work with animals in the future. These workshops will give youth hands-on experience with animals and exclusive access to our on-site animal hospital.

Join us for our next session!

Next Session: Sessions will resume in the fall 
Time: 6-8pm
Cost: $350
Session length: 6 weeks
Taught By: one of our staff veterinarians, veterinary technicians and special guests.
Take homes: A scrub top, just like the vet has!

What can Sr VIT’s expect to learn?

  • Anatomy
  • Physical Exams and animal behaviour
  • Small Mammal unique requirements, exams
  • Diagnostics
  • Disease prevention and nutrition
  • Hospitalization (meds, bandaging, catheter)
  • Catheter placement
  • Suturing in a simulated environment

SR Vets in Training is designed for youth ages 14+. The club is restricted to 15 participants so that students can get up close and experience hands-on practice.

Students will work with KWSPHS veterinarians on a weekly basis to help develop their veterinary passion, skills and knowledge.