Seevic students administer Pet Therapy at Silver Birch Centre

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Left to right - Sarah Mitchell (Support Worker), Pat Harris (Client), Harrison Bond (Seevic Student) and Lesley Hutton (Support Worker)Eight students on the Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Animal Care at Seevic College went to Silver Birch Centre in Kiln Road, Benfleet, to help out with some Pet Therapy for the Centre’s clients.

The Animal Care students from Seevic College brought a number of animals to the Centre, including a snake, rabbit, skinny pig and hedgehog. Pet Therapy is proven to have a calming effect, providing sensory experiences that inspire feelings of comfort.

The event was organised by Lorna Bartlett, Animal Care and Management Tutor at Seevic College, on Thursday 12 June 2014. Lorna said: “Through experiences like this, our students are able to actually see the impact animals can have on people’s lives and the enjoyment they bring.”

The Silver Birch Centre offers specialist day care for people with dementia, currently providing respite care for three days a week. Clients get to participate in a range of beneficial and entertaining activities regularly, thanks to Carers’ Choice – the charity Silver Birch is operated by.  

Angela Allum, the Manager of the Centre and Fundraising Manager for Carers’ Choice, said: “I was planning to organise a pet therapy session at the Centre, then I met Lorna and she offered to bring in the animals from Seevic College – it’s been a great experience for our clients.”

Seevic students at Silver Birch in the Echo

During the event students circulated around the room with their animals, allowing each of Silver Birch’s guests to get to grips with all the different pets.

If you are interested in studying Animal Care then come to the College’s next Open Evening, on Thursday 3 July (5.30pm to 8pm), to find out more about our great courses. You can also call 01268 756 111 for further information.

If you are interested in the care services provided at the Silver Birch Centre, you can call 01268 881 130 or visit   


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