KidZania UK has opened a veterinary activity where kids can learn how to keep pets happy and healthy.

The new Pet Wellbeing Centre will be run by a pet wellbeing team and includes role-play situations where children can learn about the five welfare needs of animals, examine real-life animal x-rays and even ‘perform surgery’ on a poorly pet.

Launched in partnership with the UK veterinary charity PDSA and pet food brand Lily’s Kitchen, the centre has been created to educate the next generation of pet owners about animal welfare in a fun and engaging way. Research has revealed that 85% of children have never heard about the five animal welfare needs (environment, diet, behaviour, companionship and health) and only 26% have been taught how to care for pets at school.

The activity joins a wide range of ‘careers’ at the ‘indoor city run by kids’ and was introduced after a survey of children visiting the site revealed 79% wanted to see a veterinary activity within the city.

Eddie Kemlsey, CEO of the attraction, said: “We are thrilled to be launching this new veterinary activity for kids. So many of our young visitors have pets they love and we want to educate them on how best to care for them, but in a fun and engaging way.”

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