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.
2019 4-H Presentations
Need to Know about CAFO and CFO
The differences between CAFO and CFO production farming. Explanations of the pros and cons of their uses to help in livestock for the producer as well as consumers. Also, correcting the common misunderstandings of mistreatment and abuse of animals of stated operations.
Boars To Barrows
This project describes how to castrate boars. The poster shows the steps to remove the testicles.
My project is about fleas and how they affect animals. My poster includes symptoms, complications, treatment, prevention and life cycle of fleas.
Let’s Make Some Moo-lah!
Many people believe being a veterinarian is the only career where they can work with animals. This fun flowchart helps to educate people on some of the other careers in the animal industry as well as provide information on the veterinary profession.
SARDS (Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome) is the sudden and permanent loss of retinal photoreceptor cells. Diagnosis involves a variety of factors and although there is no proven treatment of cure for SARDS, an affected dog can live a happy life if the dog is assisted in its home environment by making lifestyle adjustments.
My poster gives a brief overview of the impact colic has in a horse’s intestinal tract. It explains what colic is and how it occurs. There are symptoms and causes along with preventative measures and treatment options listed.
Listeriosis in Goats
My 4-H veterinarian project explores the prevention, identification, treatment and recovery of the zoonotic disease, Listeriosis, in goats. The key to successful treatment is early detection and aggressive treatment with Penicillin, Thiamine and Dexamethazone for an extended period of time. Supportive care such as tube feeding with electrolytes and appropriate feed is often needed for a full recovery.
"Udderly" Ridiculous Mad Cow Disease
I researched and put together a display and wrote a report over mad cow disease. I explained what mad cow disease is, how it is caused, symptoms to look for and also preventions and treatment. I also explain if people can get mad cow disease.
I designed a poster about my visit to Black pine Animal Sanctuary. I described what an animal sanctuary is, how they reduce stress in the animals and how they maintained sanitation. I included some pictures of the animals that call Black Pine Animal Sanctuary home.
Fistulation in Cows
My project is about fistulation in cows. My project shows what a cow would look like with a fistula in its side. My project also talks about the positives and negatives of fistulation.
Killing with Kindness
This poster addresses canine obesity, which is a prevalent problem in the world today. It also explains symptoms, causes, treatment and prevention as well as has a knowledge test.
Heal Your Pet with Laser Therapy
My poster describes the benefits of laser therapy and how it can help animals. Laser therapy is a surgery free, drug free, and noninvasive treatment for pain, inflammation and to help speed healing. The laser light is delivered through a noninvasive hand piece to treat the affected area. I appreciate Zionsville Animal Hospital for allowing me to observe how they do the laser treatments.
After one of my grandparents’ heifers got bovine papilloma virus (BPV), or bovine warts, I wanted to make sure none of the others did too. My project covers my experience with the virus, what it is, its causes, some preventions, and possible treatments. My goal of the poster was to educate others and help them prevent their herds from getting BPV.
This project informs others about pregnancy toxemia in goats. It helps others learn what it is, what causes it, how to treat and how to prevent it.
My project is about the cycle of a heartworm in a puppy. In the middle of my project I have a picture of the animal I am talking about. On the outside I have pictures of how heartworms get transported through mosquitoes. There are also arrows representing how the cycle starts, and how it never stops repeating without treatment.
My project is about Cushing’s Disease, a condition caused by chronically high levels of glucocorticoid hormones like cortisol in the body. The poster discusses causes, symptoms, diagnostics, and treatment of this disease. I chose to do this project after my dog was diagnosed with Cushing’s Disease; the project highlights his story and diagnostics.
My project is about educating people on what human foods their dogs can and cannot eat. This project is like a game: they look at the food(s) listed, then they guess if that food is a "yes" food, an "in moderation" food, or a "no" food. Then below the answer is the reasoning to the answer! Have fun!
GDV, Is Your Dog at Risk?
My poster provides a complete overview of the deadly GDV disease. I learned everything from GDV prevention to even symptoms and treatment of the disease. My inspiration for this display was my own dogs because they are all prone to GDV so I enjoyed learning about it!
My poster is about Heartworm Disease in both cats and dogs. It is a serious and possibly fatal disease. Heartworm can be transmitted through mosquito bites. Medication can be used to help prevent this from happening but, if your pet becomes infected, more drastic measures will have to be taken to treat the Heartworm.
You Decide. Right or Wrong.
This is a poster explaining the benefits and downfalls of what some consider cruelty. It is about tail docking and ear cropping of dogs. Declawing cats and horse soring are also mentioned.
Vet Science: Canine Spay
This project describes the complete process of a canine spay. It details six steps and is accompanied by pictures showing the step.
The purpose of this project was to explain the use of FAMACHA scoring and fecal egg count. Along with explaining that FAMACHA scoring is, this project shows an actual anemia guide and a photo of it being used. I also show different parasite eggs which are normally seen in an egg count.
Canine Normal vs. Abnormal Internal Structure
My poster was over how normal vs. abnormal canine organs function, and how that organ functions when it is infected with a disease. I chose the heart, eye, lymph nodes, pancreas, and canine dentition. I also created a binder full of had drawn pictures o the normal organs along with pictures of the organs with diseases.
Protect Your Pet - Heartworms
An informational project about Heartworms.
Diagnosing and Treating Feline Respiratory Infections
Feline respiratory infections are discussed in this interactive exhibit, which focuses primarily on the symptoms, the causes, the practices of diagnosis, and the treatment of the illnesses. Hands-on learning aids were included.
This project explains common beef vaccines and why they are important. Also how a vaccination program can help keep a healthy profitable herd.
Types of Colic in Horses
This display represents types of colic in horses as well as how they happen. This display includes a life-size model to demonstrate what colic actually looks like on a horse’s small intestines.
Veterinary Science – Animal Biosecurity
Animal Biosecurity is the measures taken to prevent the spread of disease among animals. My poster gives a brief overview of several different types of disease transmission and measures you can take to keep your animals healthy.
I Spy a Diseased Dog Eye
My project explains the various and common diseases and abnormalities of dog eyes. Along with my poster describing these diseases, I have also included a sound display board which teaches you the areas of diseases and anatomy of the eye. Another aspect of my project that helps embrace all learning outlets is a light box displaying cow eye specimens as dog eyes would be too small. The cow eyes help you further see the complexity and beauty the eye beholds.
This project is based on my personal experience when my dog broke her leg. I researched canine orthopedics to get more knowledge about her injury.
This project was created with the intention of educating its audience on the topic of suturing in veterinary medicine. The poster assists by pointing out important knowledge and details to achieve a successful suture, while also exhibiting an interactive tool to show suture patterns and tools necessary to complete the task at hand.
This poster describes what Biosecurity is and why it is so important. Biosecurity is doing everything you can to reduce the chances of an infectious disease being carried onto your farm by people, animals, equipment or vehicles. Biosecurity is important on my swine farm because I must protect my animals from becoming sick.
Sheep Pluck Dissection
For my project, I dissected a sheep’s pluck. This includes the heart, lungs and trachea. In doing this project, I learned how the anatomy of the respiratory system correlates with its function.
Equine Metabolic Syndrome
A poster project outlining the issue of equine metabolic syndrome in horses and donkeys, including causes, signs and symptoms and treatment options.
Malignant Hyperthermia is an inherited mutation of dominant genes resulting in serious physical reactions due to certain triggers. Certain breeds of dogs are more susceptible to this disease. Most treatment options used work effectively to control the disorder.
My project talks about all the white blood cells in a dog and the Complete Blood Count (CBC) of a dog. My project explains what the CBC is. It also talks about Neutrophils, Lymphocytes, Monocytes, Eosinophils, and Basophils, all the types of white blood cells and how they are used in a dog’s circulatory system.