SCHOOLS across Dorset are joining pupils around the globe to learn more about animal welfare issues.

Students at eight schools in Dorset and Hampshire, along with one school in Airdrie, Scotland have formed links with 14 establishments in the state of Goa and Tamil Nadu for the Worldwide Veterinary Service's Young Vets Club.

Children are working with their teachers through a series of activities designed by WVS, focusing on animal welfare issues both locally and globally. The partnered schools are then sharing their ideas across continents through letters and posters.

The pupils are learning about the welfare needs of all animals, how to recognise animal behaviour and impact global environmental issues such as plastic pollution is having on animals worldwide.

Nicky Cook, WVS international education manager said: “Education is a vital part of the work of WVS. By working with schools on topics that have both local relevance and a global reach, we are helping children gain the skills and knowledge needed to improve animal welfare. The programme helps develop trust and understanding between young people from different societies, creating a safer and more connected world for the future.”

All the UK schools involved in the project are invited to the first Young Vets Activity Day taking place on April 9 at Pilgrims Veterinary practice in Fordingbridge.