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Wildlife Queensland presenter Nicole Martin at a PetPEP visit to Bulimba State School. Image © Karen Stevenson

Wildlife Queensland presenter Nicole Martin at a PetPEP visit to Bulimba State School. Image © Karen Stevenson

Do your children or grandchildren know the difference between wildlife and domestic pets? Are they aware of how to be responsible pet owners or who to call about injured wildlife? As a supporter of Wildlife Queensland your answer may well be yes, but what about young Queenslanders without such positive role models? You could help!

The Australian Veterinary Association’s Pets and People Education Program (AVA PetPEP) has been teaching socially responsible pet ownership in Queensland schools for over a decade. More than 100,000 students have participated in the last four years alone thanks to volunteer presenters from wildlife carer groups, vets, local Councils and conservation organisations such as Wildlife Queensland.

Since 2013, WPSQ has been working with AVA PetPEP to promote socially responsible pet ownership by teaching students how pets and wildlife can live safely side by side. In the last financial year alone, WPSQ presented the program at 14 schools, reaching over 1000 students with its message, including:

  • The difference between wildlife and domestic pets
  • Wildlife habitats
  • Threats to wildlife/habitat
  • Responsibilities of pet owners
  • Wildlife in your backyard
  • Injured wildlife – what to do, who to call


With the number of requests for school visits increasing all the time, Wildlife Queensland and the AVA need your help to help reach as many children as possible. This is your opportunity to help educate the next generation of pet owners in your community and conserve your local wildlife.

What’s involved?

PetPEP presenters visit local primary schools along with other volunteers to deliver engaging interactive lessons about responsible pet ownership and safety around animals. Training and resources are provided to these volunteers. The AVA PetPEP team arranges all aspects of the visit, and provides the school with a resource kit to help teachers reinforce the lesson afterwards.

Want more information?

To find out more or get involved please call Sam or Jennet in the AVA PetPEP team

on (07) 3422 5300 or email us at

Written by wildlife1ict