Make a six page blank book for your child.

Fold three sheets of white copy paper in half and staple down folded edge.

Write “My Animal Book” on the cover.
Give the book to your child along with some old magazines.
Have your child cut or tear out pictures of animals.

Give your child some glue to glue the pictures in her book.

Give your child a bag that he can use as a Dr.’s bag (black if possible).
Using some white or red tape, make a Dr.’s cross on the bag for decoration.
Provide your child with strips of material to roll up for bandages, some large bandaids, a craft stick themometer, a box of raisins for medicine, etc.
Create a nice dramatic play area for your child to pretend to be a veterinarian. Stock the area with:
The Doctor’s Bag
Small Animal carrier (could be created out of a box).
Toy animals
White shirt (roll up sleeves)
Play stethoscope
Doll furniture (pet beds)
Have your child pretend to give pets, check-ups, bandages, and other treatments.
Arrange to take your child or group on a trip to a local veterinarian’s office.
Before your visit, discuss reasons why animals need to visit a vet.
Have children who have already been to a vet’s office describe their experience.
At the vet’s office, have children notice the kinds of animals in the waiting room, the different treatment rooms, and the recovery areas for pet patients.
 Ask the vet to show how to correctly handle pets and to tell what owners can do to keep their pets healthy and safe.
After the visit, help the children make thank-you cards to send to the vet and his or her staff.
Explain to your children that veterinarians usually decide to treat pets in one or two categories; such as, farm vet, pet vet or zoo vet.
Set out a number of small plastic animals.
Set out three pieces of paper.  Write, Farm on one, Zoo on another and Pets on the third.
Have your children take turns sorting the animals into the three catagories.
Ask the children which group of animals they would like to treat if they were a vet.

Tune:  “Down By The Station”

At the veterinarian’s
Early in the morning,
See the little puppies
Waiting in a row.
See the veterinarian
Give the puppies checkups.
Arf! Arf! Arf!
Now, home they go.

At the veterinarian’s
Early in the morning,
See the little bunnies
Waiting in a row.
See the veterinarian
Give the bunnies checkups.
Hop! Hop! Hop!
Now, home they go.
                        Heather McPhail

Continue with verses about other animals and their sounds or actions:
“Kitties – Mew, mew, mew; Turtles – Crawl, crawl, crawl” and so on.

Tune:  “Oh, My Darling”

Bring your dogs, bring your cats,
Bring your hamsters, one by one.
I take care of the animals,
I’m a veterinarian.
                        Jean Warren