Help Your Pet-Loving Tween or Teen Explore a Veterinary Career with Vet Set Go!

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Do you have a child or grandchild who wants to be a veterinarian? If so, you’ll want to make sure they know about Vet Set Go. It’s the first and only online community dedicated to helping aspiring veterinarians explore their passion. It’s free to join, and your tween or teen will get access to all kinds of resources, including videos, games, articles and more. I’ve spent the last week or so exploring the site and am SO impressed with everything. Here are some of the highlights from my tour:

Vet Learning Games

Super fun and interactive learning games to help future veterinarians explore everything from dog breeds to animal anatomy. Don’t let the cute illustrations fool you…these games are challenging! I scored 7 out of 10 on my first anatomy quiz and learned quite a bit. And I’ve become somewhat obsessed with the blood works game…super cool sound effects, too!

 

The Meet the Vet video series features all sorts of interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of different types of veterinarians and the work they do. This is a great way for interested kiddos to get a glimpse of what it’s like to be a Zoo Veterinarian, a Shelter Vet, a Veterinary Oncologist, Sea Turtle Specialist and more. Who knew there were so many interesting and exciting career options for animal lovers!?!

Vet Camp for Kids

One of my favorite features of Vet Set Go is their large database of activities including Vet Camps, Zoo Camps, Hospital and Vet Office Tours, Volunteer opportunities and more. You can search by type of activity and location. I was pleased to learn about several opportunities in our area including Zoo Miami’s Conservation Teen Scientist program for high school students seeking to learn more about environmental conservation, wildlife biology, zoo operations, and public engagement.

Vet Set Go Book

The Moms Choice Award winning Vet Set Go! Book is written for 9-14 year olds interested in becoming a veterinarian. Includes tips and advice on how get animal experience, volunteer, learn animal science, meet veterinarians, and connect with other aspiring veterinarians. Full of color photographs and graphics on every page offering checklists, case studies and action plans to help your kid turn their dream of becoming a vet into a reality.

To preview the book, explore the free online community resources and connect with other aspiring veterinarians, visit vetsetgo.com. Also be sure to follow with the Vet Set Go Facebook page and Instagram for news, updates and photos.

Craftsy Online Craft Lessons for Pet Lovers On Sale from $14.99

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Whether you are a beginner at knitting or a pro baker looking for some cool new craft ideas, be sure to check out the BIG sale over at Craftsy.com today. All online craft and hobby lessons are up to $20 OFF with classes ranging from $14.99 to $29.99. Don’t wait because this sale ends tonight!

In addition to some really fun pet-themed craft projects, you can also learn how to:

  • Build a Raised-Bed Garden
  • Knit an Easy Infinity Scarf
  • Do Product Photography at Home
  • Cook with Cast Iron
  • Make Jewelry
  • Use PhotoShop
  • See all classes on sale

Craftsy also offers free pattern pages for Embroidery, Knitting, Sewing, and Quilting, and free cake decorating recipes? There are even some FREE dog sweater patterns…Check it out!

Free Patterns and Recipes at Crafsty

I’ve taken the Craftsy Knitting class online, and found it to be fun and really easy to follow. I did it completely on my iPad but you can use another device, computer or laptop instead if you prefer.  And once you buy a class, it’s yours to keep and retake as often as you like. Craftsy also offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so there’s nothing to lose if you don’t like a class after you signup for it! Just visit Craftsy.com to browse Sale Courses, free lessons and more.

Online Sewing Class

FREE Android App: WildLife America Animal Rescue ($3.99 reg)

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Animal lovers, hurry on over to Amazon for today’s FREE Android App of the Day! It’s WildLife America — setup and run your own wild animal rescue center. A super fun and educational simulation game rated for all ages.

Look after wild animals and nurse them back to health: in WildLife America you can care for animals from the North American wilderness, cure their illnesses and tend their injuries so that they can move to new sanctuary or be released back into the wild!

rescue center

The wild animals are on the loose! In WildLife America you can now look after the many endangered species from the forests in the tundra of Canada and Alaska. The rangers desperately need some skilled helpers for their team as more and more animals arrive at the reserve needing your help! Treat injured wolves, diagnose the bears’ illnesses and nurse them back to health.

animal rescue

With WildLife America you can now also customize the enclosures of your animals! Whether it’s a pen for the raccoons or trees for the exuberant squirrels to frolic around in – let your imagination run wild! To make sure your animals feel at home during their stay and have an appropriate habitat, you can set up their enclosures to be as close to nature as possible.

So what are you waiting for? Head of to the wildlife park, help the rangers and nurse your wild patients back to health!

Dr. Panda’s Animal Hospital: FREE Android App ($2.99 reg)

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Amazon Education Best Selling Game available for FREE today: Dr. Panda’s Hospital ($2.99 reg)

WHAT KID DOESN’T WANT TO BE A DOCTOR, A NURSE, OR A VETERINARIAN?
Here’s their chance to help veterinarian Dr. Panda take care of animals at Dr. Panda’s Hospital. Your preschooler will greet 8 different animals and pets in the waiting room. Then, your child will help them to their hospital beds, discover their medical problems and nurse them back to health thru mini games – all while learning in a FUN way.

RECOMMENDED FOR:
Dr. Panda’s Hospital is ideal for 2 to 6 years old boys and girls who are interested in animals, and/or naturally curious about basic medical procedures and anatomy. This game is also perfect to reduce fears of nurses, doctors, and hospitals that youngsters sometimes experience. Next time your kid has to go to the clinic, remind him of Dr. Panda! Also a great way to teach about caring for animals.

SAFE FOR KIDS:
This app is dedicated to the little ones, so you can rest assured that there are NO in-app purchases or third-party advertising.
Dr. Panda’s Hospital is certified by the kidSAFE Seal Program. To learn more, go to www.kidsafeseal.com

Dr. Panda’s Hospital is regularly priced at $2.99 but is the featured FREE App of the Day at Amazon.com.

Remember that free offers change quickly and without notice. Always verify price before completing your order. Go HERE to read about the free app of the day and download yours now!

Learn How To Paint a Portrait of Your Cat or Dog

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I’m a big fan of web-based and self-paced learning, and it’s amazing what you can find online these days! I love watching YouTube How-To videos, but what’s even better are the FREE and low-cost classes that you can find over at Craftsy.com. I’ve mentioned before that I’ve taken their Online Knitting Class using my iPad in my spare time, and found it super fun and easy to follow. Their special software makes it really straightforward and organized to follow, and you can use a PC, laptop, tablet, or even your SmartPhone to take online lessons on your own schedule.

I was looking to see what’s new over in their course offerings and spotted a GREAT new class especially for Pet Lovers! It’s Pet Portraits taught by Pat Weaver, and it’s on sale for $19.99. That’s 33% OFF the regular price of $29.99 and you get:

  • 6 HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class materials, including supplies and a color wheel
  • Over 2.5 hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers from Weaver in Craftsy’s virtual classroom

learn to paint a pet portrait

One really cool thing about Craftsy classes is that once you buy one, it’s yours to keep and take over and over again anytime you want. You can skip around in the lessons, or do them in order from start to finish. When you have questions or need help, you can post messages for the instructor and other students. You can also see photos that other students post of their finished projects, which I find great inspiration. They also offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee!

Class Description

Capture your darling dog or cat in a lovable, lifelike work of art! Join renowned animal artist Pat Weaver and discover how easy it is to photograph, sketch and paint your pet. Find out how to select the best source photo for your piece, and discover Pat’s easy process for quickly and accurately sketching any dog or cat. Use a simple template and transfer method to translate your sketch to canvas, and then explore value and color. Work with acrylic paint to mix lovely grays and neutral hues that are ideal for animal features and fur, and practice painting expressive eyes with realistic warmth. Follow Pat through three demonstrations as you create your own pet portrait, using loose, fluid brushstrokes to develop fur and whiskers and layer colors for a dimensional effect.

Keep in mind that you will need to buy a few art supplies locally, but the instructor has a downloadable list of everything you’ll need. You can also read reviews posted by other students. One review I read says that this was “the best class I’ve ever taken” which is pretty high praise, indeed! Head on over to Craftsy and check out the Pet Portrait Class while it’s on sale!

Not ready to buy a class yet? Check out the FREE Mini-Courses available to everyone at NO cost. It’s a great way to see what Craftsy is all about and how it works.