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Veterinary Science

Understanding and Applying Veterinary Science

Veterinary Science Videos

Veterinary Science projects have been an integral components of the 4-H Youth Development Program throughout its history. These new and updated materials can help address 21st century needs. Topics include basic animal care concepts as well as emerging issues in biomedical research and food safety. The activities in the curriculum were designed to be facilitated in a small group-learning environment. Learners construct understanding through inquiry, observations, and personal reflection.

This curriculum is written as a facilitator guide. Facilitators are provided with an overview of the subject matter and examples that help explain why each topic is important. Grades 9-12.

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Veterinary Science Skills for Life

The Veterinary Science "Skills for Life" Series includes a set of three youth guides designed to be developmentally appropriate for grades 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 respectively and a helpers guide to provide youth with ideas and activities to expand the educational impact of the Veterinary Science project experience. Youth can set goals, identify resources, practice presentations and evaluate their own progress as they complete the Veterinary Science Achievement Program.

Book 1 From Airedales to Zebras

From Airedales to Zebras 

The first guide introduces youth to the normal animal, basic anatomy and systems, elementary principles of disease and careers with animals.

Book 2 All Systems Go

All Systems Go

Youth will examine health and disease topics, normal and abnormal conditions and veterinary careers.

Book 3 On the Cutting Edge

On the Cutting Edge

This guide involves youth in in-depth investigation of normal and abnormal systems, preparation for college and exploration of the diversity of the veterinary profession.


Veterinary Science Helper's Guide
The Helper's Guide provides supplemental materials that help adult volunteers facilitate learning situations for various ages of youth. Group activities are included to help youth develop essential life skills as they pursue their interest in veterinary medicine.

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