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Learn about preventing disease and improving the health of animals. Topics include basic anatomy, health and disease, normal and abnormal conditions, and veterinary careers.


In level 1, learn about different animal species, explain roles animals have in society, learn about body systems and organs, and study animal behaviors.


In level 2, complete an animal health record, learn about animal diseases and how they spread, learn about animal parasites and their controls, and learn about veterinary medicine careers.


In level 3, study animal reproduction, study principles of preventative medicine, learn how genetics influence breeding, and study what veterinarians do.

Resources to help you learn: 

  • Level 1: From Airedales to Zebras
  • Level 2: All Systems Go
  • Level 3: On The Cutting Edge
  • All Levels: The Normal Animal
  • Vet Science Helper’s Guide

State Fair Requirements

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

50320    Veterinary Science

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.

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.