A university event explored the therapeutic use of animals.

Child Health lecturer Jenny Philips hosted speakers from charities Guide Dogs for The Blind, Hearing Dogs for The Deaf, Pets as Therapy and Riding for the Disabled at Middlesex University, as well as adorable animals.

The event also had an exhibition of more than 30 pieces of artwork, which expressed the meaning of animals in the lives of pupils of Holmewood School in Woodside Park, who were asked to contribute.

The school supports seven-19 year olds with high-functioning autism, Asperger's syndrome and other communications, language and social difficulties.

The event was designed for university students from a variety of courses.

Ms Philips said: "They really enjoyed interacting with animals and learning from external speakers in an engaging way."

"The sessions also highlighted areas that were very close to their hearts: the welfare of animals, the role of animals in their lives, and working more closely with the community where they live and learn."

"The exhibition could inspire our art and design students who will see their discipline from another perspective. Our education students may one day teach children with special needs so I’m sure they will gain invaluable insight into young people with autism or Asperger’s."