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

School Holiday Program

The RSPCA NSW School Holiday Program is an opportunity for children and teens to spend a full day at an RSPCA NSW shelter and learn about animal welfare from experts in the field.

The sessions are tailored to specific age groups: 8 to 11 years, 12 to 15 years and 13 to 17 years. The program is running at the Sydney (Yagoona) shelter only.

Join us for behind-the-scenes shelter tours, help us create enrichment for our animals and learn more about animal welfare.

The aim of the program is to learn about animals and how we can improve their lives. Therefore, in the interest of animal welfare and to prevent unnecessary stress to our shelter animals, participants should not expect to interact closely, handle or pat any of the shelter animals.

To register, select your topic of interest and appropriate age group – we can’t wait to see you!

Please note:

Our shelters use peanut butter as part of the enrichment program for the animals. If your child or children have allergies, or you have any concerns, please feel free to contact the Education Team on (02) 9782 4478 prior to registering.

For the safety of our shelter staff, if your family has been in contact with anyone who has a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis in the past 7 days, is showing flu-like symptoms or has a fever, please stay home.


School Holiday Program Cost:

Animals at RSPCA NSW = $90 + booking fees.

Animal Careers = $100 + booking fees.

Registrations are now open

Interested in our School Holiday Program?

Expressions of interest for our next school holiday program is now open.
Please fill out the form below.

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Spend a few hours or a whole day learning about the animals who are waiting for their furever home at RSPCA NSW! Go on a behind-the-scenes tour, get crafty and create enrichment goodies for your own pet or one of the lucky animals at the RSPCA Sydney Shelter and who knows, maybe you’ll see your next furever friend there?

Ever wonder what it takes to pursue a career working with animals? Join us as we meet an RSPCA NSW Inspector, Animal Attendant, Animal Trainer, Veterinarian and Vet Nurse and gain insights into their day to day job helping animals. Learn what skills, knowledge and experiences they needed to get into their current positions and discover the pathways to these roles.