Veterinary Science is designed to help you better understand animals. Knowledge in Veterinary Science assists in the protection of human welfare by applying the art and science of medicine to animals. Inspection of meat and poultry, the care of all food and pet animals, controls for diseases that already affect humans, and how to safeguard our food supply are some of the things you’ll learn. You are not required to own an animal to enroll in this project, but it would be helpful if you had one available to study.

Veterinary Science, Level 1

No matter what kind of animal you have, or even if you don’t have one, this project will help you learn about animals. It will also help you decide if you want to purchase and care for animals in the future. In this project, you will learn about the normal animal, basic anatomy and body systems, elementary principles of disease and careers with animals.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

You may take up to three years to complete this level. Each year you should identify at least four goals and complete a minimum of seven of the activities in Level 1.

MATERIALS

M From Airedales to Zebras, BU8048, $6.00
L Veterinary Science Helper’s Guide, BU8051, $6.00

Veterinary Science, Level 2

You will learn to create health records for your animal, investigate body systems, discover the importance of immunity, explore biosecurity measures, examine parasite life cycles, recognize the importance of quality assurance, conduct a food safety experiment, investigate disease-causing agents, apply math and science skills, and consider ethics and animal welfare.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

You may take up to three years to complete this level. Each year you should identify at least four goals and complete a minimum of seven of the activities in Level 2.

MATERIALS

M All Systems Go!, BU8049, $6.00
L Veterinary Science Helper’s Guide, BU8051, $6.00

Veterinary Science, Level 3

By now, you should be able to share your experience and knowledge with others through some leadership roles in veterinary science. You will learn about genetics and how to describe “typical” animal behavior, conduct an experiment about test reliability, compare reproduction in various species, consider the function of body organs and systems, investigate human-animal bonds, recognize the importance of animal population control and explore careers in veterinary science.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

You may take up to three years to complete this level. Each year you should identify at least four goals and complete a minimum of seven of the activities in Level 3.

MATERIALS

M On the Cutting Edge, BU8050, $6.00
L Veterinary Science Helper’s Guide, BU8051, $6.00
Veterinary Independent Study 
Veterinary Science Helper’s Guide, BU8051, $6.00 Numerous group activities help youth develop essential life skills as they pursue their interest in veterinary medicine.