The Circle V 4-H and the Veterinary Science Project of Upshur County held their monthly meeting on May 29, 2014. Much news and activities were discussed, as well as each 4Her's accomplishments and awards received as the result of the end of the school year.
Caitlin Reed and Lindsey Hudgins will be representing Circle V 4-H and the Veterinary Science Project at Texas 4-H State Round-Up at Texas A&M College Station on June 12 by competing in the annual Veterinary Science Skill-A-Thon. They each underwent a rigorous screening process in order to compete. As Veterinary Science participants, they will be tested over four components: Written Exam, Quiz Bowl, Skills Exam and Communication. These two ladies are very active in Circle V 4-H as well as in their schools and local communities. Caitlin Reed is the daughter of Elizabeth Reed. Lindsey Hudgins is the daughter of Trace and Pam Hudgins.
The objectives of the 4-H Veterinary Science Project is (1) Utilize career-oriented resource material and supplements that provide lessons, questions, and activities (2) Develop the interest, knowledge, skills, and experiences of youth in veterinary science for a career in veterinary medicine (veterinary assistant, veterinary technician or veterinarian), human medicine (paraprofessional or physician), or allied health fields (diagnostics, therapeutics) and (3) Prepare youth to be job-trained following high school, prepare youth to pursue an associate degree college program, and prepare youth to pursue a professional degree college program.
The 4-H Veterinary Science Project is offered through Circle V 4-H and is taught by Gilmer's own, Dr. Cherie Nazzal. The lesson for May 29 was "Handling & Restraining Rodents, Rabbits & Exotic Animals". Students participated in live demonstrations with dogs, a cat, a "fake" rat, and a real snake owned by Dr. Nazzal. Our very own County Extension Agent, Julie York, participated in the live demonstrations as well.
Each month the students, along with Dr. Nazzal, host a low cost vaccination clinic as a community project and to raise money for scholarships and for Upshur County Hope House no kill shelter. This last month, however, PETCo would not allow it, unless the group paid them out of their scholarship funds. Future low cost vaccination clinics will be held at a different location.
The next meeting of the Circle V 4-H Club and Veterinary Science Project will be held on Thursday, June 19 at the Pritchett Community Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. Following a brief 4-H business meeting, the Veterinary Science class will be taught by a local farrier, who will be teaching about horse hooves, problems associated therewith and how to resolve them. He will be bringing a horse for a live demonstration.
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For more information contact Andrea Brunson, Circle 4-H Club Manager and Veterinary Science Project Manager at(903) 720-7089 or AndreaLBrunson@gmail.com.