The University of Liverpool is working to support the diversity of the veterinary professions as part of the national collaborative project ‘Vet Team in a Box’.
‘Vet Team in a Box’, is a complete secondary school lesson in a box. It is designed in-line with National Curriculum key stage 3 Science, where students will participate in ‘real-life’ veterinary scenarios, performing diagnostic tests similar to those used to diagnose real animals and interpreting scientific evidence.
The project aims to demystify the veterinary professions and some of the perceived barriers to joining it for both young people and their advisors. It covers a wealth of content, from science, critical thinking, communication, mathematics, analytics to problem-solving skills and teamwork.
Aimed at pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9, schools are able to “book the box” via project collaborators Loughborough University and have it delivered to them for free.
The project aims to engage with future members of the professions from all backgrounds. The box is available to all schools, however schools which have a high number of pupils from diverse backgrounds will get booking priority and additional support.
The resource has been created by the University of Liverpool in collaboration with members of the Widening Participation Vet Schools Network, the British Veterinary Association (BVA), the British Veterinary Nurse Association (BVNA), Vet Nurse Futures and HE Unboxed. Vet Team in a Box is sponsored by pet insurance company, Many Pets.