One Day Workshops

Throughout the year, the Virginia Beach SPCA offers one-day workshops for children ages 6-12. These workshops are the provide young animal lovers with the opportunity to build compassion, make new friends, learn about careers in animal services, and spend time with a variety of critters. New workshop dates are added throughout the year, so be sure to check back regularly.

Upcoming Workshops 

Cinco de Meow – A Children’s Painting Workshop:
Celebrate on Cinco de Meow with an animal-themed paint class for kids! This class will be led by Heather Donis Designs, and each child will take home their very own 11 x 14 canvas. This workshop will include a tour of the shelter, critter time, and snacks.

Workshop Dates:
Sunday, May 5th from 1pm-3pm| Ages 7-12 | Registration: $35

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Tales and Tails
Join the VBSPCA for an afternoon of tea time, story time, and cuddling some adorable VBSPCA animals. This is a “mom and me” style event, inviting parents (dads are welcome!) and children ages 3 and under to enjoy some quality time together while also benefitting the animals of the VBSPCA. This event will include an animal story, an animal-themed craft, cuddle time, and light refreshments.

Workshop Dates:
Wednesday, May 22nd from 9:30am-10:30am| Ages 3 and under | Registration: $10 per child*

Registration will be available soon. *If you are a VBSPCA member, please contact to receive your discount code. 

Kitten-Around Workshop:
This one-day workshop is purr-fect for kids who love kittens and who want to learn all about kittens (and cats) and their care! This workshop also includes kitten-related activities and crafts. Kitten-Around workshop requires a minimum of five campers registered, three weeks in advance, to avoid cancellation. All Kitten Around workshops are at the Virginia Beach SPCA Main Shelter from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Workshop Dates:
Wednesday, July 31st | Ages 6-12 | Registration: $85
Wednesday, August 21st | Agest 6-12 | Registration: $85

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Vet for a Day Workshop:
Vet for a Day is an educational program that exposes your child to a potential career in veterinary medicine. With both introductory and advanced workshop options, children ages 6-12 are invited to participate in a fun exploration into the veterinary world. Workshops include a tour of the facility, an introduction to animal sheltering, and hands-on time with our veterinary staff. There is a limit of 12 students per workshop – Spots fill quickly! All Vet for a Day workshops take place at the the main VBSPCA Shelter.

2019 Vet for a Day Schedule
Friday, March 29th | Advanced Workshop (Ages 9-12) | Registration: $75 – SOLD OUT
*Makeup date is March 31st

Monday, July 29th | Intro Workshop (Ages 6-9) | Registration: $85
*No makeup date

Tuesday, July 30th | Advanced Workshop (Ages 9-12) | Registration: $85
*No makeup date

Monday, August 19th | Intro Workshop (Ages 6-9) | Registration: $85
*No makeup date

Tuesday, August 20th | Advanced Workshop (Ages 9-12) | Registration: $85
*No makeup date

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Junior Trainer Workshop:
This one-day workshop provides an interactive dog-training experience for children ages 6-12. In collaboration with the VBSPCA Pet Academy, junior trainers will get a head start on learning how to humanely train a dog. Whether you have a dog at home or your child is just a dog lover, this workshop reinforces compassion, empathy, and kindness. This workshop also includes dog-themed crafts and activities. All Junior Trainer workshops are at the Virginia Beach SPCA Main Shelter from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Workshop Dates:
Thursday,  August 1st | Ages 6-12 | Registration: $85
Thursday, August 22nd | Ages 6-12 | Registration: $85

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