4-H Veterinary Science Program - 2009
Each year the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine invites 9th-12th grade 4-Hers exhibiting at the Indiana State Fair in Veterinary Sciences to participate in Purdue Veterinary Medicine's Open House. 4-Hers exhibit and discuss their projects with Open House visitors, members of the School of Veterinary Medicine Admissions committee, faculty, staff, and students. The exhibition is followed by a student panel where 4-Hers can ask current veterinary students about their experiences. Participants are given information on careers as veterinary technicians/ technologists and doctors of veterinary medicine. 4-Hers are then presented a certificate of participation. For more information, please contact your 4-H leader.
Brad Abplanalp, Hendricks County
Bladder Stones Tour
"The Rolling Stones help present a 'Bladder Stones Tour' to teach the public about Canine Urolithiasis. Inspired by my beagle Alex who had a large struvite stone in early 2008; today she is healthy and enjoying life."
Katelin Bahr, Knox County
Canine Facial Paralysis
"My poster talks about the causes, symptoms, physical findings and treatment of facial paralysis. I got the idea to do facial paralysis because my dog was diagnosed and I wanted to find out more information."
Samantha Breitwieser, Dubois County
Prevention and Control of Diseases
"My poster is about how certain diseases affect animals and where they come from. I also list how to prevent these diseases by either vaccine or pill."
Hannah Byers, Parke County
"My poster is a teaching aid which I will use in my local goat club to teach our younger members the many different and diverse breeds of goats in the form of a game."
Maggie Guyer, Howard County
What's so Swell about the Cell
"I chose the cell because during biology in high school the most difficult thing I had to learn was the CELL both the physiology make up and anatomy. Doing this project helped me learn and remember a whole lot easier then reading from a textbook."
Rachel Hegewald, White County
"My poster is a teaching aid to help younger kids learn how to diagnose and treat ear mites in both dogs and cats."
Lindy Hunt, Cass County
Why You Should Spay and Neuter Your Pet
"My project was to inform people of the importance of spaying or neutering their animals. I collected facts, wrote a paper, and made my teaching aid about this fact because I feel it's an important issue that people need to pay more attention to."
Elisabeth Jones, Porter County
GDV-Gastric Dilatation Volvulus
"I created my project due to a conversation I had with a Great Dane breeder who helps me train my dog in 4-H. I found out that GDV is very serious and can affect any dog or cat."
Scott Kepler, Marshall County
"The project I chose was a study of tetanus. I felt that due to past experience with the disease, it would be a good topic for a project. Tetanus is a disease that generally comes about through puncture wounds or other types of deep wounds. Tetanus has to be in an oxygen free environment to thrive. The project also included the death rates for animals and people that die from tetanus."
Kelli Kirtley, Wayne County
Genetic Engineering: Changing the Living World
"My project encompasses the ideas involved in genetic engineering, its applications in the agricultural animal community, and why scientists use animal models to chart disease formations. Also includes a teaching aid for students to learn about Punnett Squares, 'Punnet Square Game'."
Alex Lesniak, St. Joseph County
Canine Periodontal Disease
"This project was a great learning experience for me. My dog was diagnosed with this disease recently and I really was interested in learning more. Periodontal Disease is caused by bacteria that destroy the tissue surrounding the teeth. Left untreated can cause many problems internally as well. The best prevention is routine dental cleanings and home care like brushing your dog's teeth!"
Erin Martin, Montgomery County
Day in the Life of a Vet
"My poster shows some of the things that a large animal vet does on a daily basis. It also shows some of the tools and equipment that a vet uses. It also shows me and a vet draining an abscess on my brother's 4-H steer."
Schuylar McGuffey, Fulton County
"I chose to put an educational binder together for my vet science project in order to educate others on the importance of pet dentistry. I observed and assisted Dr. J.L. Huffer with multiple dentals. During these dentals I photographed the different stages of periodontal disease. This binder is used as a client-ed tool at Family Pet Heath Ctr."
Marie McCullough, Hamilton County
Canine Hip Dysplasia
"I made my poster because my dog Duke has this problem. I wanted to learn more about the disorder while educating everyone else."
Laura Morman, Allen County
Recovering from a Torn Cranial Cruciate Ligament
"My notebook is a teaching aid. It follows the journey I took with my dog to diagnose his injury, repair the ligament and bring to full recovery from a torn cranial cruciate ligament."
Brianna Morris, Washington County
"My poster explains what occurs during the reproduction of goats and problems that can occur during pregnancy."
Amanda Petty, Delaware County
The Equine Skeletal System
"I chose to create my poster over the equine skeletal system because I was very interested in learning more about it. I learned a lot while doing the research for my project."
Brooke Ponder, Fountain County
Prolapsing in Cattle
"My poster talks about the different types of prolapsing in cattle. It also talks about the different causes and treatments of prolapses. There are pictures of the different prolapses and the equipment used to help fix the prolapses."
Kirsten Thomas, Wells County
"I created my project to help educate people in rural communities about the dangers of diseases that can be passed between people and the animals they come into contact with."