Ghana Society for the Protection & Care of Animals Field Trips
Field Trips are a once in a lifetime opportunity for Ghana's students, who would otherwise never get a chance to learn about animal care and welfare!
In November 2019, Ghana SPCA took a group of Humane Ed students from Trust Academy to the Accra Polo Club, where the deputy stable manager, Moses Ampofo Kwasi, explained to them about grooming and other horse care (diet, exercise, and being gentle and kind), and stable management (pictures below). Students love these trips to the Accra Polo Club, where they get firsthand experience with horses and learn so much about them!
A trip to LEMLA Vet Services (clinic, grooming, boarding facilities, and pet supply shop) is one of GSPCA's most popular field trips. In this video, the Zebra Kindness Club from Trust Academy visits LEMLA.
On Saturday, 18 May 2019, Ghana SPCA took a group of students from Trust Academy on a field trip to LEMLA Veterinary Services. Pupils toured most departments of the facility-the consulting rooms, the surgery theater, pet hostel (short and long term kenneling) for small and large dogs, the grooming room, and the pet shop. We believe this will help bring about change in the attitude of pupils towards animals. For most of them, this is their first time visiting a vet hospital and seeing a surgical theater for animals and most of all observing washing and grooming of dogs. We thank management of the facility for this privilege and hope to be back. GSPCA organized and led the field trip, which was funded by Animal-Kind International. (click on a photo to see full size)
Watch a video of the field trip to the LEMLA Veterinary Clinic (above)-we're sure some of these students will decide to become vets, vet techs, and animal welfare advocates!
In October, GSPCA took students from 3 schools on a field trip to the Livestock & Poultry Research and Education Center, LIPREC at the University of Accra. 40 students from North Legon School Complex, Amrahia, and Kwabenya went on the field trip, funded by Animal-Kind International.
On 6 April 2019, GSPCA's Kindness Clubs of Amrahia Basic School and North Legon School Complex took an educational visit to the La Veterinary Hospital. The trip was supported by Animal-Kind International donors. The students were guided by Mr Abbay, a vet technician, they took a facility tour, traveling through the pharmacy, surgical theater, the treatment room, and the isolation unit. And finally, they had an opportunity to interact with a turtle. After overcoming the initial fear, most of the students began to feel bold and touched the turtle. This is how we inspire compassion for animals in children! (video of the educational visit and pictures below)
On 22 March 2019, pupils from Kwabenya Atomic Basic 5 went on a field trip to the veterinary clinic of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC). A police officer, Chief Inspector Michael Broni, spoke to the pupils and told them that it's a crime to be an irresponsible pet owner. Dr Maxwel gave pupils an overview of what is involved in becoming a veterinarian and told them about some basic veterinary procedures. Dr. Maxwel pledged to make a special arrangement during the students' next visit so they could see pets undergoing treatments. He believes this will convince some of them to choose to become a vet (see pictures from field trip below).
Field Trip to Accra Polo Club (pictures below): On November 10, 2018 GSPCA hosted a field trip for 40 Humane Ed students from North Legon School Complex to the Accra Polo Club. The students enjoyed learning about horses and horse care. Musah, the assistant stable manager, allowed the students to wash the horses and to get comfortable with the horses by touching them. They saw how horses are groomed and how to care for their hooves. And they met the mini-horse, Puny. Thank you to Animal-Kind International for funding for this field trip.