An Essex veterinary practice has partnered with the Country Trust to help introduce the campaign to children less likely to access it.
Westpoint Farm Vets, in Chelmsford, says it hopes the new partnership with the national education charity can also broaden interest in the agricultural veterinary profession beyond its traditional recruitment base.
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The next generation
“We are thrilled to be involved with this charity and to support the great work they are doing,” said Ami Sawran, Practice Director at Westpoint Farm Vets.
“There are problems in the countryside finding the next generation of farmers, and this is an opportunity to introduce more young people to rural life and farming.
“It gives kids new career opportunities because they may not have envisioned becoming the farmers, farm vets or ranchers of the future,” Dr Sawran said.
The Westpoint team said they aimed to develop a community of farmers who would be willing to organize tours for children to give them the opportunity to experience where their food comes from, as well as learn about it. more about animal welfare and the care provided by veterinarians.
The aim is to inspire a new generation of farm vets, with the partnership formed by one of Westpoint’s own vets – Navaratnam Partheeban – who is a trustee of the charity.
Dr Sawran added: “We hope to inspire the next generation of vets and they will consider being a farm vet as a realistic career path.
“None of the vets at our Chelmsford branch come from a farming background. If we can explain this to children, they will see that they are not disadvantaged and we can show them the opportunities available to them.