Veterinary Science Project

What is it All About?

A natural compassion for animals and an interest in science is what leads most veterinarians into their field. Learn the role a veterinarian plays in practicing animal and public health while participating in many hands-on activities. These activities will help you learn about the different equipment used by veterinarians, diseases and health problems, and career opportunities as a veterinarian or volunteer.  You do not have to own an animal to be in this project!

Grow in Your Project

Starting Out

  • Recognize major breeds of different species of animals
  • Identify basic needs of animals
  • Investigate the different roles of animals
  • Describe different stages of an animals’ life
  • Discover body systems and organs

Learning More

  • Complete health records on an animal
  • Learn how to recognize and reduce animal stress
  • Investigate how the immune system works
  • Recognize how disease can spread among animals
  • Learn how parasites affect animal health

Going Further

  • Discover the bond between humans and animals
  • Investigate the mammalian reproductive system
  • Learn about breeding and genetics
  • Recognize the importance of zoonotic diseases


Resources

Take Your Project Further!

  • Job shadow a veterinarian, or pet store employee to learn more about how to care for animals
  • Research normal heart rate, respiratory rate, and body temperatures of different animals
  • Read Jane Goodall’s work about chimpanzee behavior
  • Visit a pharmacist to talk about dispensing of medicine
  • Learn how a complete blood count is performed
  • Attend a youth quality assurance class
  • Look into artificial insemination, embryo transfer, and cloning
  • Interview a professional animal trainer
  • Talk with someone who has contracted a zoonotic disease and interview them on their experience
  • Visits the University of Wisconsin Animal Science Department and the University of Wisconsin Vet Lab

Applying Project Skills to Life

Enhance Your Communication Skills

  • Write a story to share with others from an animal’s point of view about its role
  • Create a play about animals and have your club perform it for a local group
  • Give a demonstration about reading medical labels

Get Involved in Citizenship and Service

  • Volunteer at the humane society
  • Organize a vaccine clinic for dogs, cats, or horses
  • Take your pets to a local nursing home
  • Volunteer to watch someone’s pet

Learn about Leadership

  • Arrange for a local veterinarian or other person who works with animals to come and talk to your project group or club
  • Teach others about Punnet Squares and basic genetics
  • Sponsor a veterinarian skill-a-thon for your club or community

Showing What You’ve Learned

  • A notebook on a breed of animal
  • A display of different types of housing for animals
  • A diorama of the stages of life of an animal
  • A pet food comparisons
  • Create a safety report about an animal’s environment
  • A poster identifying tools used by a veterinarian
  • A video library with reviews about movies with animals
  • A chart comparing different animals normal heart rate, body temperature, and respiration rates
  • A poster about a disease
  • A poster about the importance of colostrum
  • Display a life cycle of a parasite
  • A display about a specialty veterinarian
  • A poster on the reproductive tract and cycle of an animal
  • A display of animal cells and their function


Adapted with permission from Wyoming State 4-H, Project Information Sheet, Vet Science. Retrieved from: https://www.uwyo.edu/4-h/projects/animal-science/vet-science.html.

*Resources available at your local Extension office or shop4-H.org.

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