Returning to Royston Open Secrets for the third year was Margaret White, veterinary nurse and co-Director of Royston Veterinary Centre. She was accompanied by veterinary nurses Imogen Sparrow and Lynn Oakman as well as her lovely golden Labrador, Brulee.
There was a quiz for the children and Margaret told me that one of the questions was a particular puzzle for the competitors;
“All of the answers were displayed somewhere on our stand but I think a number of the children had to search hard for the answer to the question I included about ‘The Five Freedoms’. It is a framework used by governments and animal welfare organisations to promote animal welfare. Good animal welfare depends on physical and mental health and it is good for children to know how these principles apply to their own pets. The Five Freedoms are:
- Freedom from hunger and thirst
- Freedom from pain, injury and disease
- Freedom from discomfort (eg temperature, floor surfaces etc.)
- Freedom to express normal behaviour
- Freedom from fear and distress
The quiz prize winner was Max Brightman and he came along to our Centre in Newmarket Road to pick up his prize. He was delighted to choose a box of dog chocolates for his German Shepherd dog, Sasha.
I always enjoy meeting the children and answering their queries at these events. After all, they are the future pet owners and possibly our future vets and veterinary nurses.
The day of Royston Open Secrets was very warm and sunny and Brulee was relieved that our stand was in the corner of the marquee next to an opening so that we could enjoy a cool breeze. There was also easy access to the Heath for a welcome run around and socialising with other dogs.
I was pleased to be able to tell visitors about our new veterinary centre at 19 Whitehorse Street, Baldock. For more information about that see www.baldockvets.com “