Are You Into It?
Do 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 or B/W pdf)
Poster Exhibits Tip Sheet
(color or B/W 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.
- 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
4-H Veterinary Science Project Manuals
- From Airedales to Zebras- Level 1
- All Systems Go!- Level 2
- On the Cutting Edge- Level 3
- Veterinary Science Helpers Guide
- National 4H Veterinary Curriculum
- The Normal Animal- Level 1 (EC29981)
- Animal Disease- Level 2 (4H48)
- Animal Health and Its Relationship to Our World- Level 3 (4H133)
- Veterinary Science Leaders Guide (4H192)
Iowa State University Veterinary Medicine
Iowa State Fair Vet Camp
- For more information, visit the Vet Camp Website.
- Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine- Learn all about the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine.
- Zoonotic Diseases- The Center for Food Security and Public Health presents resources on animal disease, treatment, and emergency respoonse.
- Pet First Aid- The AVMA helps with pet first aid in the chance that your pet is hurt or sick.
- American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges- Find out about the organization that brings many of the Veterinary Colleges together and what they do.
- Healthy Pets- The Center for Disease Control gives tips on how to keep you and your pet healthy.
- Pet MD- Complete glossary of pet terms.
- Vet Job Description- Would you like to be a vet? The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a description of what vets do on a day to day basis.
- American Veterinary Medical Association