4-H Veterinary Science Program

Each year the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine invites 9th-12th grade 4-Hers exhibiting at the Indiana State Fair in Veterinary Sciences to participate in Purdue Veterinary Medicine's Open House. 4-Hers exhibit and discuss their projects with Open House visitors, members of the College of Veterinary Medicine Admissions committee, faculty, staff, and students. The exhibition is followed by a student panel where 4-Hers can ask current veterinary students about their experiences. Participants are given information on careers as veterinary technicians/ technologists and doctors of veterinary medicine. 4-Hers are then presented a certificate of participation. For more information, please contact your 4-H leader.

Here are the 2015 presentations.

Here are the 2014 presentations.

Here are the 2013 presentations.

Here are the 2012 presentations.

Here are the 2011 presentations.

Here are the 2010 presentations.

Here are the 2009 presentations.

2016 Presentations

Got Blood? A Guide to Blood Draws and CBCs

This project included a notebook guide with information on blood draws: collection sites, process and normal laboratory values. It also featured Blake the blood draw dog, which consisted of a stuffed animal with artificial veins for venipuncture practice.

Emily Acker

Emily Acker

Feline Leukemia

This project described various topics relating to Feline Leukemia, a feline virus. It mentioned symptoms, treatment, types, and other such things.

Nichole Cochran

Nichole Cochran

Hot Dog: Avoiding Heatstroke

In addition to a light-up board, this project included a binder with information about heatstroke and ideas for activities to conduct in the classroom. Also, an electronic car with a dog inside had two dials: one to control the outside temperature and one to determine the amount of time the dog has been inside the car. Red, yellow or green lights let the user know the level of harm caused to the dog. In addition, a toy “hot dog”, side dishes and condiments labeled with symptoms or suggestions were used as a game to help students remember the relevant facts.

Alexandra Forsythe

Alexandra Forsythe

Locating Brain Lesions

This project explained physical indicators given by the animal to help localize brain lesions. As a reference and to enhance learning, brain samples were also presented.

Emma Grubbs

Emma Grubbs

Animal Anatomy

Through this anatomy teaching aid, students can see how the anatomy works together and independently. It can be divided into age appropriate levels and topics of discussion. Each animal (cat, cattle, dog, horse, poultry, swine, rabbit, and sheep) includes the digestive system, organs, skeletal, muscles, picture of animal and name (both, common and scientific). Additional information was included in a resource section.

Bethany Hobson

Bethany Hobson

Veterinarian Survival Kit

This project highlights the minimal tools needed by a veterinarian to do their job when they do not have access to all the fancy tools and technology.

Rosemary Hurst

Rosemary Hurst

What’s in Your Genes?

This project was a learning game where you spin a wheel and build a lamb with a variety of traits. It displayed a handful of traits and explained how each trait can affect the sheep in a different way.

Sarah Kelley

Sarah Kelley

Canine Struvite Uroliths

This poster included a very detailed explanation of the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of uroliths, specifically struvite uroliths.

Levi Knoll

Levi Knoll

The Science of EPM

This poster described what Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM) is, how it begins, symptoms, prevention, and treatment.

Elizabeth Krueger

Elizabeth Krueger

Mystery of the Problematic Parasites

This project explained the journey of a 4-H student who played detective while assisting a veterinarian in determining parasite levels in a farmer’s herd of goats.

Madelene Martinez

Madelene Martinez

Tasty or Toxic

This project highlights different everyday things in our households that can be toxic to pets. It emphasized the importance of knowing what they are, what they do, and the importance of keeping them out of reach.

Mallory Minnick

Mallory Minnick

Mans Best Friends

This project described the health benefits of owning and caring for animals. It highlights the ICAN and Prison Greyhounds Programs. It also emphasized how owning pets is very rewarding to both, humans and animals.

Kirsten Morris

Kirsten Morris

Equine Reproduction

This project extensively described the reproduction of horses, including the organs involved and the transformation of an embryo all the way to a foal.

Madeleine Nunn

Madeleine Nunn

The Daily Life of a Veterinarian

This project showcased nine careers available in the field of veterinary medicine. There was also a job compatibility quiz to help viewers determine which career is the best fit for them.

Kelsey Shuck

Kelsey Shuck

Dog Obesity

This Veterinary Science project exhibited a display board on dog obesity. It also included a two page essay on the basics of obesity in canines: causes, signs of obesity, treatments, and the effects of obesity. A portion of the display included diet, nutrition facts, and interactive activities to help the viewer challenge their knowledge.

Elizabeth Simmermeyer

Elizabeth Simmermeyer

Types of Veterinarians

This poster described common types of vets and what their duties are relating to humans as well as animals. Some of the specializations mentioned in this poster include public health, teaching, exotic/zoo, and military.

Samantha Smock

Samantha Smock

Household Hazards to Pets

This project displayed many different hazardous materials within the common household, ranging from foods to chemicals. It also contained information about symptoms of poisoning and choking so that people can be informed about signs of a health problem in their pets.

Morgan Uebelhor

Morgan Uebelhor

K-9 Invaders

This project described a few of the most common parasitic organisms that invade dogs. It explained what each of the parasites does, what they cause, and how to eliminate them.

Emily Ziegler

Emily Ziegler

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