4-H Veterinary Science Club

posted on Monday, July 20, 2015 in Central Region News

Science Club

 We are fortunate in our area to have fantastic veterinarians for our young, aspiring, future veterinarians to look up to. For the second year, AMVC, Audubon-Manning Veterinary Clinic, has teamed up with the Audubon County Extension to have a 4-H Veterinary Science Club for local youth.


The Veterinary Science Club, open to youth in Audubon and surrounding counties, has 13 members that range in age from 7th to 12th grade. The club meets once a month, from January to July, under the guidance of Dr. Jodie Pettit and Kate Hargens, 4-H project leaders. Each month one of the AMVC veterinarians goes over a different topic, ranging from wound care, wrapping, calving, small animal fecals, etc. The club was also able to take field trips to places like the dairy, calf nursery, etc. The goal of the veterinary science club is to be very hands on to give students the opportunity to see what it is like to be a veterinarian. AMVC’s goal is to ensure that the youth have direct contact with a veterinarian.

On Wednesday, June 5th, four of the Veterinary Science club members presented about topics they have found interesting over the last few months to an array of veterinarians, AMVC staff, and the students families. McKenna Nielsen presented on the body condition of horses with an emphasis on malnourished equine. To find out more about farrowing on sow farms we tuned into Aly Vance. Payton Sporrer presented on suturing and even had some fantastic props. Lastly was Emily Campbell who spoke on different fly control methods for cattle.

We would like to say a big thank you to the students and their families for participating in the club events, the Audubon County Extension and AMVC for putting the events on, and Dr. Jodie and Kate Hargens for organizing club activities. For more information on the Veterinary Science club or to find out how your child can participate next year contact the Audubon County Extension.