GREENOCK schoolkids welcomed a furry friend into their classroom as part of an animal education project.

The youngsters at St Andrew’s Primary in Larkfield came face-to-face with a friendly guinea pig which was kindly brought in by registered veterinary nurse Alyson Doolan from Shore Veterinary Centre.

Alyson said she enjoyed visiting the school to teach children about animal welfare.

She said: “I enjoy speaking to the children about it and explaining a bit more about my job.”

Colette Gisbey, who is the school’s primary five teacher, said the kids were captivated by the talk — and their VIP visitor — and picked up lots of useful information.

She told the Tele: “The whole school has had a visit from Alyson.

“This teaches the children how to look after pets and what they need to do to help them thrive.

“They love it. The majority of our children have pets so for them to get the chance to talk about them is nice.

“Alyson shows them some of her tools and equipment she uses, which gives them an idea about what her job is like.”

Any schools, nurseries or community groups who would like a visit from Alyson are asked to phone the veterinary surgery on 637312 or email