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

Stage 1

Students in Stage 1 will learn about taking responsibility for themselves and their pets. They will look closely at the issues of dog safety and responsible of pet ownership, and be given the knowledge to help animals in their everyday lives. Plus, they’ll learn about RSPCA NSW’s role in the community, and discover how the organisation helps animals in need.

All three programs are highly interactive, involve student participation, and usually run for approximately 40 minutes.


Dog Safety

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

  1. How to interpret dog body language
  2. Meeting a dog safely for the first time
  3. Situations where we do and do not interact with dogs
  4. What to do when encountering an unknown dog
  • PDHPE – Safe Living (SLES1.13, SLS1.13, SLS2.13, SLS3.13)


Responsible Pet Ownership

Students are introduced to the work of RSPCA NSW, develop an understanding of what animals need, and learn about the responsibilities of owning and caring for a pet.

  • Science – Values and Attitudes (STe-ZVA, ST1-2VA, ST2-2VA, ST3-2VA)
  • Science – Natural Environment (STe-SNE)
  • Science – Living World (ST1-11LW)


RSPCA NSW in the Community

Students learn about RSPCA NSW’s role, including how our animal attendants, inspectors and veterinarians help animals. They also learn about our special community programs like RSPCA Homelessness and RSPCA Domestic Violence, and explore case studies and success stories. Plus, they are encouraged to get involved as a member of their local community.

  • History – Local Community (HT1-2, HT2-2)


Contact details

Phone: (02) 9782 4478