4-H offers veterinary science program

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A youth program, “Animals and Medicine,” to help students grades 9-12 explore veterinary medicine, will be held Friday evenings, 6-8 p.m., April 7-May 5, at the College of Veterinary Medicine. 

This five-week mini-course, taught by Cornell veterinary students, caters to those interested in biology, medicine and animals. Lessons will incorporate guest presentations by veterinary professors.  Each week will focus on a different animal species or group of animals, including cats, dogs, horses and dairy animals.

Hands-on activities will include practicing a physical exam, discovering the inner workings of the rumen, and learning about different anatomy and physiological systems.

“Animals and Medicine” recently received the Excellence in Animal Science Program honor from the NYS Association of Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Educators.

The program is organized by the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Tompkins County 4-H and the Cornell Vet College. A $60 registration fee covers the cost of all program material and resources, including a pizza party. Enrollment in “Animals and Medicine” is limited; parents are welcomed to stay.  Registration deadline is March 24; contact Athena Steinkraus, 4-H administrative assistant, at ahs38@cornell.edu to register.