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Children experience being vets for a day with TV star

PUBLISHED: 10:34 30 August 2019 | UPDATED: 10:34 30 August 2019

Children got to be a veterinary surgeon for the day. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

Children got to be a veterinary surgeon for the day. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

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They say you know you are getting old when police officers look young. So how about vets?

TV presenter and veterinary surgeon Jess French held an open day vet day for schoolchildren at Westover Vets in Hainford. Picture: Victoria PertusaTV presenter and veterinary surgeon Jess French held an open day vet day for schoolchildren at Westover Vets in Hainford. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

Yesterday, 15 children crowded into a veterinary surgery to don scrubs and carry out operations.

But the children were in fancy dress and the fake surgeries were performed on toy animals, as the seven to 12-year-olds were taking part in Young Vets Clubs - which teaches children about animal welfare.

Children got to be a veterinary surgeon for the day. Picture: Victoria PertusaChildren got to be a veterinary surgeon for the day. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

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The all-day event was held at Westover Veterinary Centre in Hainford where TV presenter and vet Jess French works.

Children got to be a veterinary surgeon for the day. Picture: Victoria PertusaChildren got to be a veterinary surgeon for the day. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

She said: "Children naturally want to look after animals but often don't know how best 
to - and it's not often you get to go behind the scenes."

The group had a tour of the surgery, tended to animals at a handling station (including chicks) and learnt to bandage a horse's leg.

Children got to be a veterinary surgeon for the day. Picture: Victoria PertusaChildren got to be a veterinary surgeon for the day. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

The children were from all over Norfolk and made a donation to Wildlife Veterinary Service to participate.

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