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Learn about preventing disease and improving the health of animals. This could be the start of a career as a vet! Topics include basic anatomy, health and disease, normal and abnormal conditions, and preparing for veterinary careers.

In this project, you can:

  • Learn about different animal species
  • Understand animal behaviors
  • Learn about animal diseases and how they spread
  • Learn about veterinary medicine careers
  • Lean about animal reproduction

State Fair Exhibit Rules

Each county may submit 1 entry total from 50320, 50321; and 1 entry from 50322.

50320    Veterinary Science

Open to youth in Veterinary Science 1, Veterinary Science 2, and Veterinary Science 3

Prepare a display focusing on any activity related to the veterinary science project. 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.

50321    Veterinary Science Clover Challenge

Open to 15- to 18-year-olds enrolled in the Veterinary Science Clover Challenge Project who have completed Vet Science 1, 2 and 3.

Exhibits in this category should go “above and beyond” what the 4-H project books cover and should represent an accumulation of years of project study. 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. The completed Illinois 4-H Clover Challenge Agreement must be presented with the exhibit.

50322    Veterinary Science Ready4Life Challenge

Open to 11- to 18-year-olds enrolled in any Veterinary 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.