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I'm Andy Guiel, I'm with the Guide Dogs Education and Demonstration team and this is Delphie
who is our national demonstration dog. Together our job is about raising awareness of guide dogs
as a charity and as an organisation. We've been together since he was 2 so that's 7 years.
It's only over the last 7 years that we've decided to make this 'go anywhere' type of
demonstration which is great for us. Specifically here at the Vet School we come
here every year now, we're pleased to do it because it's a chance to educate the students
in terms of handling a blind person and their guide dog. There's a huge difference in terms
of handling a pet sighted client relationship, but with a guide dog and their blind owner
it's very different, it's far more intense, far more meaningful. Not many owners have
to put their life in their dog's hands everyday, that's exactly what they have to do with a guide dog.
I would like to think that the students that come
out of this course will be very aware to the needs of a blind person, perhaps they might
behave differently in their surgery, they might make different facilities to make it
that much easier for a blind person, so that in itself is really important. Fundraising
is always important because we're a charity.