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Learn about a variety of small pets, such as birds, guinea pigs, iguanas, snakes or frogs. Topics include feeding, housing and daily needs, pet selection, body parts, pet communication, handling, genetics, and reproduction.


In level 1, identify hazards for pets, design a shelter for a pet, and learn about a pet’s nutritional needs.


In level 2, learn about a pet’s digestive tract, invent and design a pet toy, and examine a pet’s health.


In level 3, learn about pet photography, learn to classify animals, care for newborn animals, and explore careers in pet care.


Learn to select, care, and breed guinea pigs.

Resources to help you learn: 

  • Level 1: Pet Pals
  • Level 2: Scurrying Ahead
  • Level 3: Scaling the Heights 
  • Cavy Handbook, A 4-H Guide to Guinea Pigs
  •  Small Pet Group Activity Guide

State Fair Exhibit Rules

Each county may submit 2 entries total from 50135 and 1 entry from 50137.

50135    Animal Science

Prepare a display focusing on any activity related to the animal science project. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge you have gained through the animal project you studied.  The exhibit may include, but isn’t limited to, original works, objects, demonstrations, digital presentations, programs, websites, games, apps, performances, or posters which you have made. Choose whatever method best shows what you’ve learned. You must furnish any equipment you need for your exhibit. Internet service will not be provided for the exhibit. All exhibits must include something visual, such as a printed copy of a digital presentation, which will remain on display during the exhibition. Electronic equipment will only be used during your personal judging time and will not remain on display during the entire exhibit period. Live animals are not permitted as exhibits in this area. For safety reasons, exhibits cannot include glass, syringes with needles or any other sharp objects.

50137    Animal Science Ready4Life Challenge

Open to 11- to 18-year-olds enrolled in any Animal Science project

Exhibits in this category must include the following: a) a physical representation of the career or business product such as a model, prototype or display/portfolio that includes images of accomplished work; b) verbal or written explanations that demonstrate knowledge of the related career or business fields, potential careers, and the appropriate requirements for achievement in those fields. The judging criteria for this class values thoroughness of career and/or business exploration and pursuit above the workmanship of the physical specimen on display.