PetrSU at the Opening of the International Competition of Customs Dog Handlers of Europe, Asia, and the CIS countries
PetrSU students volunteered at the contest, which is the largest in Russia.
The Yunost stadium hosted the opening ceremony of the international dog handlers competition. The competition convened dog handlers and customs officials with service dogs from 16 countries. This is the first time such a large-scale event is held in Russia.
The Administration of PetrSU, teachers and students of three institutes: Institute of Biology, Ecology and Agricultural Technologies, Institute of Foreign Languages, and Institute of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism, took part in the preparation and execution of this significant event.
The students of the “Zootechnics” program of the IBEAT assisted in organization and execution of the stages of dog handling contests. The teachers of the Department of Zootechnics, Fish Farming, Agronomy and Land Management organized a playground for schoolchildren of Petrozavodsk. Teachers Vadim Pavlov and Nadezhda Shablikova and students of the Institute of Foreign Languages accompanied the participants of the international event and provided interpretation (the English and French languages). Students of the Institute of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism took part in the opening ceremony and carried the flags of the participating countries.
The Vice-Rector for International Affairs Marina Gvozdeva said:
“Today we hold the international customs dog handlers competition, an event important for PetrSU as the Flagship University of the region. PetrSU sees this event as a training opportunity for students and teachers. The event includes students of three institutes of PetrSU. They accompany the guests and help with the organization and thus learn essential practical skills. The students of the Institute of Foreign Languages help in the cultural part of the competition and master communicative and interpretative skills. The students of the Institute of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism volunteer at the sports part of the event and take part in the opening ceremony. The students of the Institute of Biology, Ecology and Agricultural Technologies meet the professionals of the highest level, see the work of trained service dogs. PetrSU always eagerly supports notable regional and international events. This competition for us is a great opportunity to further update educational programs, establish new contacts and explore opportunities for practical training, show the students where they can be employed in two-three years.”
The Director of the Institute of Foreign Languages Inna Kreneva noted:
“The event is of great importance for PetrSU, as the students have an opportunity to practice the foreign language, use it in communication. Special terms require prior preparation and our students are ready for these challenges.”
The Director of the Institute of Biology, Ecology and Agricultural Technologies of PetrSU Nikita Onishchenko and the Associate Professor of the Department of Zootechnics, Fish Farming, Agronomy and Land Management Valeria Sirotinina said:
“We engaged in the event the 1st year students so they could be introduced to dog handling. In their first year the students undergo practical training in animal husbandry and learn about centers of dog services. Starting from the second year they practice dog handling. PetrSU students happily apply to this program and upon their graduation are successfully employed.”
The fruitful cooperation between the Department of Zootechnics, Fish Farming, Agronomy and Land Management and the Karelian Customs has been implemented for four years. Every year students take academic and practical training under the guidance of dog service officers. In 2019 PetrSU and the Karelian Customs signed an agreement on cooperation in the implementation of practice-oriented educational Bachelor Degree program in Zootechnics.
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