Woman using dog puppet during education presentation


Free talks across the UK promoting responsible pet ownership

At Blue Cross, we're doing all we can to continue to support free learning about pets in the school environment and at home. Recently, when face to face visits were not possible, we quickly moved to deliver talks virtually via Zoom, Teams and other platforms to thousands of children in schools and youth groups.

Although obvious uncertainty remains at this time, please be assured that the Education team are working hard to ensure we can visit you with health & safety at the forefront of our minds, as well as continuing to provide virtual talks and online lessons until such time as you are ready for visitors.

What we do

The Blue Cross Education Team also gives talks and advice to:

  • Colleges
  • Pupil referral units
  • Parents and parents-to-be
  • Pony Club and Riding Schools

Due to Covid-19, face to face visits in schools have been suspended. However, we still offer virtual talks using Skype and other digital means to those schools which have stayed open. We also have a range of curriculum linked learning resources available for download by teachers and parents at home. Visit our fun activities and homeschooling page for free resources to help children learning at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Our vision is that every pet will one day enjoy a healthy life in a happy home. One of the ways in which we hope to achieve this is by educating the pet owners of the future through free talks for schools and youth groups. The Blue Cross Education Team teaches young people about pet welfare, staying safe around dogs and responsible pet ownership from an early age to encourage behaviour change across a generation. In reaching as many children and teenagers as possible, we can improve the lives of both future pets and their owners, and stamp out cases of animal cruelty and neglect in the process.

In 2019, 112,660 children were educated by Blue Cross education programs nationwide. Our education officers and volunteer speakers across the UK deliver talks to a range of age groups in both primary and secondary schools.

Contact us directly

Every school should look at having a Blue Cross talk to help build empathy towards animals

Chris Packham, Blue Cross Education Ambassador

Our Education Ambassador Chris Packham stresses the importance of helping young people learn to look after pets.

Chris Packham features in two further education videos which can used as a downloadable resource, or shown during a visit from one of our Blue Cross speakers.