Veterinary Science



Are You Into It?

Vet ScienceDo you have an animal you want to keep healthy or are you interested in a career keeping animals healthy? The 4-H Veterinary Science project helps you explore and learn more about animal health in your home, club, community, country, and world. Grow your knowledge about how animal health affects public health!

  • Appreciate the importance of good management and sanitation practices in keeping animals and birds healthy
  • Learn the values of scientific research and its influence on animals and their health

Here’s what you can do all year!

Starting Out Basic / Level 1

  • Understanding differences of species in body styles, systems, breeds and life stages.
  • Explore the animal basic needs and health/safety.
  • Learn how veterinarians and owners work together to keep animals healthy.
  • Investigate the many careers of animal science and veterinary science.

Learning More Intermediate / Level 2

  • Discover the importance of Food Safety and Quality Assurance.
  • Explore biosecurity and an animal health management plan for animals.
  • Consider ethics and animal welfare
  • Develop and maintain accurate health records for animals and pets.
  • Investigate health issues related to body systems, diseases, parasites and the importance of immunity.

Expanding Horizons Advanced / Level 3

  • Incorporate science into understanding of genetics and animal reproduction and health.
  • Research the use of veterinary technology and procedures
  • Identify the transfer of diseases between animals and humans.
  • Further explore non-veterinary, animal-related careers

Take It Further

Veterinary Science Hot Sheet 
(color pdf)
Poster Exhibits Tip Sheet
(color pdf)
Exhibitor Fair Information Form
(Word or editable PDF)
Exhibit Evaluation Form (pdf)
Here are other opportunities to explore Veterinary Science:

  • Complete a Service-Learning project
  • Assist with a local Food Safety Quality Assurance class for younger 4-H members
  • Schedule a job shadow with your local veterinarian
  • Become a youth representative on a livestock bio-security advisory group
  • Set-up a local/area animal disease emergency preparedness and response team
  • Attend Animal Science Round-Up as part of the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and participate in one of the livestock areas.
  • Attend the Iowa State Fair Vet Camp (registrations available online)
  • Is it fair time? Consider a communications speech or develop a poster or video for your county fair or the Iowa State Fair.
  • Contact your county ISU Extension Office for other local workshops, activities, and events
  • Interested in a college education in animal science or veterinary medicine? Schedule a visit with Iowa State University to explore those majors.

Record Keeping

  • Create a display of products which come from livestock or animals
  • Compare/Contrast various health management plans for a type of animal
  • Interview a veterinarian and report on the various parts of their job.
  • Create a display showing the difference in animal digestive systems
  • Create a poster illustrating the types of injections for animals
  • Research domestic animal health issues and how they affect people
  • Research wild animal health issues and how they affect people
  • Create a first aid kit for large or small animals
  • Make a poster showing how to care give first aid to an animal
  • Make a poster about foods, plants, and/or household items that are poisonous to animals
  • Take a tour of the Iowa State University Vet College
  • Learn about newly approved feed additives for livestock and their uses
  • Show the growth curve over an animal’s lifetime
  • Develop a video on proper hoof care for an animal
  • Develop a video or power point on ethics in the livestock industry
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