RVC Receives Life-Size Horse Model for Student Teaching

The London Fire Brigade donated the horse as a thanks for large animal handling training the RVC provides.

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In 2001, the London Fire Brigade (LBF) approached the University of London’s Royal Veterinary College (RVC) for assistance in training their firefighters in handling large animals. This resulted in the development of the first collaborative training program of this type between a fire service and a veterinary school, and for the past 11 years, the RVC has delivered a program of large animal handling training for the London Fire Brigade. In recognition of this, the LFB have donated a life-size horse model to the RVC, to be used for student training.

The model horse has been named "Fireman Sam" by the students. Fireman Sam was officially presented to Vivienne Heys, the member of staff who organized and participated in the training throughout the entire 11 years, and to student trainers Vikki Wyse and Emma Howson, on March 22, by London Fire Brigade Group Manager Andy Cane, Station Manager Mark Spier, and Watch Manager Jim Wennell.

Cane confirmed how valuable the training has been for the London firefighters and how much the crews have enjoyed their visits to the RVC.

Heys emphasized that this program would not have been possible without the students gave their time on Wednesday afternoons to help firefighters learn the skills required when working with horses and cattle. She also praised the staff who volunteered their time and skills to keep this program running for 11 years

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