RSPCA Victoria joined by Tom Mitchell as they launch virtual education sessions during school holidays

With the school holidays kicking off today, RSPCA Victoria has engaged AFL legend Tom Mitchell to help spread the word about DIY dog grooming as part of a series of dog grooming sessions. fun, informative and interactive virtual education for the whole family to enjoy in the comfort of their own homes.

Starting September 21, the virtual session program covers everything from caring for injured small animals and wild animals to more in-depth training courses covering topics such as cat and dog behavior and first aid skills for pets, dispensed by industry experts.

A highlight will be a special DIY dog grooming tutorial with RSPCA Ambassador Victoria, AFL Brownlow medalist, and recently announced as Hawthorn’s best and fairest player, Tom Mitchell. Along with his two dogs, Tom will be joined by grooming expert Natalie West of the igroom hub, who will provide dog owners with basic grooming tips that can easily be done at home.

The RSPCA Victoria understands how important it is for dog owners to keep their dogs clean and mat free during lockdown and believe this course will be perfect for teaching dog owners the basic skills they need to keep the dog safe. their dogs’ coats in good condition if they are unable to undertake their regular grooming regimen.

RSPCA Victoria CEO Dr Liz Walker says: “Grooming is not only for cosmetic reasons, but is also important for well-being. Grooming prevents and removes sore mats and can help with ticks, fleas, and molting, so having the option to take this course will give people the basic skills they need to easily maintain a healthy coat. their dog at home.

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The following sessions will be offered:

Pocket Pet Care and Enrichment – Date: September 21 – Cost: FREE RSPCA experts host an interactive live session that provides education to keep your rabbits and guinea pigs happy, healthy and thriving, including vital information on the specific needs of small animals in terms of nutrition, shelter, exercise and health, common veterinary care problems and enrichment. Book here:

What To Do With Wildlife – Date: September 22 – Cost: FREE Join RSPCA Victoria in partnership with wildlife experts from Wildlife Victoria in an informative session on Australia’s beautiful wildlife, including how to care for any injured wildlife they might find. Book here:

Dog Grooming for Beginners – Date: September 23 – Cost: $ 26 Learn all about how to keep your pooch well groomed while in confinement! This course teaches dog owners the valuable basic skills they need to keep their dog clean, groomed, and mat free until they can secure a groomer appointment! We will be joined by special guest and Brownlow medalist Tom Mitchell, as groomer Natalie West gives Tom tips on how to groom his dogs at home. Book here:

Cat Behavior Basics – Date: September 27 – Cost: $ 26 Become an expert in feline behavior with this special Q&A session with our Resident Animal Behavior Consultant, Jade Currie, which gives you the opportunity to address your cat’s unique behavioral issues, to get the best out of them and keep them happy and healthy. Book here:

Pet First Aid – Date: September 28 – Cost: $ 26 This is one of our most popular courses for teens, where they will learn essential skills from our experts on how to care for a pet. pet in an emergency situation, including how to respond and maintain safety while helping an injured pet, common pet emergencies during warmer months, dressing wounds, performing treatments rescue and other vital skills. Book here:

Dog Behavior Basics – Date: September 29 – Cost: $ 26 Perfect for aspiring dog whisperers, this course provides vital information on understanding a dog’s behavior and features a question-and-answer session with the expert in canine behavior, Jade Currie. Book here:

Get Cucking – Date: September 30 – Cost: $ 39 With chickens becoming an increasingly popular pet, this course provides participants with training on how to take good care of them, including nutrition, housing, enrichment, safe handling as well as information on egg production and providing an enriched living environment for chickens Book here:

Keeping Cats Thriving Indoors – Date: October 1 – Cost: FREE Participants will learn all about the lurking outdoor dangers a cat can face, as well as strategies for keeping your beloved feline friends happy and healthy inside. Find out how to transition your outdoor cat to an indoor life in the smoothest way possible and keep them entertained and mentally stimulated. Book here:

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Perry A. Thomasson