RSPCA NSW runs courses about animal care and welfare for all age groups.

Stage 1

Dog Safety

Students will learn how to safely interact with dogs, covering four key messages:

  1. Looking at dog body language and how they feel i.e., happy, angry, scared
  2. The steps to meeting a dog for the first time
  3. Safe and unsafe situations to interact with dogs
  4. What to do when encountering an unknown dog

Duration: 30 minutes

Group size: 1-3 classes

Curriculum links

PDHPE: PD1-2 recognises and describes strategies people can use to feel comfortable, resilient and safe in situations

Responsible Pet Ownership

Students will learn how to care for dogs and cats and cover important aspects of pet ownership including:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Shelter
  • Grooming
  • Veterinary treatment

Duration: 40 minutes

Group size: 1-2 classes

Curriculum links

Science: ST1-4LW-S describes observable features of living things and their environments

RSPCA in the Community

RSPCA NSW has over 140 years of history in New South Wales and has played an important role in preventing cruelty to animals and advocating for their welfare.

Students will learn about the different roles within RSPCA NSW, including animal attendants, inspectors and veterinarians. They will learn how the organisation helps animals in their local community and how the students themselves can help animals.

Duration: 30-45 minutes

Group size: Any number of students or classes

Curriculum links

History: HT1-2 identifies and describes significant people, events, places and sites in the local community over time

Frequently asked questions

The welfare of our shelter animals is paramount, so we do not bring live animals to our incursions. We do use life-size plush animals to complement our messages.

We don’t have set fees for our incursions, but as a charity we do ask for a donation. This may be monetary such as a gold coin per student or a collection of items for our shelter animals such a bedding, treats or toys.

Please email our Education team at or call us on 02 9782 4478.