AVA PetPEP Program


AVA PetPEP is the Australian Veterinary Association’s Pets and People Education Program, an education initiative that teaches children about responsible pet ownership and safety around animals.

The program was developed by veterinarians and teachers to promote safe, healthy and responsible communities through a focus on how to interact with, understand and care for animals. 

In Queensland, AVA PetPEP works with AVA member veterinarians and a range of animal industry professionals in the local community to deliver interactive, highly visual and age-appropriate educational visits to primary schools across the state. Visits are free of charge and fully coordinated by the AVA PetPEP team.

In Queensland, the AVA PetPEP team is able to arrange all aspects of a PetPEP school visit. We coordinate visit requests from schools, organise presenters, and provide you with presentation outlines, resources and full coordination of the visit program.

If you are interested in being part of AVA PetPEP in your local area, please contact the AVA PetPEP team.

Why should you should become involved?

Promote responsible pet ownership

Responsible pet owners are the cornerstone of local veterinary practices, and AVA PetPEP is an inspirational investment in the pet owners of the future. An independent evaluation from the University of Queensland showed that:

58% of children in families without a pet asked to become owners after taking part in the program and 20% of families became pet owners as a result of an AVA PetPEP experience.

Promote your practice

An AVA PetPEP visit will help raise your practice's profile in your own community. AVA PetPEP encourages practices to use their logos in activity sheets used during school visits that are usually taken home and seen by the family. It's also a great opportunity to hand out practice sample bags and promotional material to local school children.

Staff satisfaction

Veterinarians and veterinary nurses can take a real ‘hands on’ approach to educating the next generation of pet owners through their employer's involvement with AVA PetPEP. It's an opportunity to introduce variety and greater community involvement in the daily work of your employees.

Demonstrate your commitment to the community

People want to support a business that supports the community, and actions speak louder than words. Being involved with AVA PetPEP is a visible demonstration of your values and care for the community.

Interested in booking a PetPEP school visit?

AVA PetPEP school visits are available to primary schools throughout Queensland.