Animal Sciences

Animal Sciences can be divided into two categories: large animals and small animals. Large animals consist of livestock animals, horses, and other large exotic animals. Small animals are animals like pets, rabbits, and poultry. For size-specific information, click the drop-down options below.

Large Animals / Livestock

A brown horse standing in grass with its head down.

What is this project about?

Animals large and small are a large part of Wisconsin 4-H. Learn how to raise, feed, care for, judge, and show animals typically found on a farm including beef and dairy cattle, dairy and meat goats, horses, sheep, swine, and poultry. Choose one species and learn all about it and learn about careers working with animals. For some species, animals may be owned or leased, so you can do a project even if you don’t have your own animal.


IMPORTANT: Livestock Project Information



Dairy Goats

Horse / Horseless Horse

Llamas & Alpacas/Exotic Animals

Meat Goats



Veterinary Science

Small Animals

Dog and cat playing together in the grass.

What is this Project About?

The 4-H Small Animal Project will give you the opportunity to learn about the life history, management, and care of a pet of your choice. Learn about a variety of small pets, such as birds, guinea pigs, iguanas, snakes, or frogs. Topics may include feeding, housing and daily needs, pet selection, body parts, pet communication, handling, genetics, and reproduction. You will also enjoy participating with your friends in the other activities of your 4-H club. These may include tours, camps, shows, club parties, and club meetings. You will also get to present information about your pet at the county fair.




Pocket Pets



Veterinary Science