Veterinary Science



Veterinary Science is a national 4-H project. It features curriculum that will guide you through the project. For a copy contact your County 4-H Office or order online at National 4-H Service Supply. For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for Veterinary Science.

Veterinary Science 1
What you can do in this project: learn different breeds of animals; interpret animal behavior; identify feed nutrients; describe animal life stages and systems.
Grades: 3-5
Resources: 08048, From Airedales to Zebras
4H131, The Normal Animal
4H334, Adventure Notebook
4H369, 4-H Veterinary Science Project Animal Health Supplements

Veterinary Science 2
What you can do in this project: create health records for your animal; conduct food safety experiments; discover importance of immunity and bio-security; consider ethics and animal welfare.
Grades: 6-8
Resources: 08049, All Systems Go
4H048, Animal Disease

Veterinary Science 3
What you can do in this project: investigate the importance of genetics; understand diseases that spread from animals to humans; learn about diversity of veterinary careers.
Grades: 9-12
Resources: 08050, On the Cutting Edge
4H133, Animal Health

Veterinary Science Leader
Resources: 08051, Veterinary Science Helper’s Guide
4H192, Veterinary Science
4H323, Normal Animal
4H500, I’m a 4-H Project Leader. Now What Do I Do?


Want to learn more about Veterinary Science? Try the links below.

Veterinary Science Project Training
Many counties hold local training for members and leaders in their favorite project areas, including veterinary science. Watch your county 4-H Family newsletter or contact your county Extension office for details.

Wisconsin 4-H Area Animal Science Days
Series of four day-long events held around the state where youth in the beef, dairy, horse, sheep and swine projects increase their decision making skills and knowledge of animals through judging and grading experiences. Events include evaluation of dairy cattle, horses and meat animals; dairy showmanship contests; hippology (the study of horses); and oral reasons workshops. In addition, each site offers a variety of workshops for small animal projects, which may include rabbits, poultry, dogs, cats or llamas.

Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference
If you’re in grades 8-10, check out the next Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference, scheduled each June at the UW-Madison campus. The conference offers educational seminars in most areas of 4-H. Contact your county Extension office for details.

County Fair

The county fair . . . what a great time it is! Every summer, families flock to county fairs to see the latest 4-H project exhibits. Exhibiting is a fun and educational way for youth to showcase their project work to judges and to the public. Judging materials are supported by Bill Shaw in memory of his wife, Shirley.


Related Links

There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H Veterinary Science Project. Just follow these links!

Calling All Pets!
Each week, zoologist Trisha McConnell and co-host Larry Meiller team up to talk with Wisconsin Public Radio listeners around the country about animals and their antics. You’ll get helpful tips and solid advice about pet problems big and small.

National 4-H Online Vet Science Project
Visit this site for additional National 4-H Vet Science Project activities, information and links.

Site is a directory of information about all types of pets, including dogs, cats, birds, horses, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals, aquarium fish and more.

UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine
This department seeks to understand the basic biological mechanisms of health and disease in animals and humans.

UW-Madison Steenbock Library Resource Guide: Veterinary Medicine
Guide to links for many veterinary medicine-related sites.

Veterinary Sciences Tomorrow
Site provides lots of information about vaccinations, animal diseases, biotechnology, and more.

Wisconsin 4-H STEM
Resources and links to science, engineering, and technology activities.

Project Support

For more information on the 4-H Veterinary Science Project, contact the following:

UW-Extension County 4-H Offices
This is your link to a list of Wisconsin County Extension Offices. Select the county of your choice.

UW-Extension State Specialist: Pam Hobson