Teens ages 13 to 19 with an interest in animals and veterinary science can now sign up for the 4-H Veterinary Science Program, which will be held at SUNY Ulster (491 Cottekill Road, Stone Ridge). The program is a ten-week commitment, covering two units of study. The program is sponsored by Dr. Beth Alden, Professor of Biology and director of the SUNY Ulster Vet Tech Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County’s (CCEUC) 4-H Youth Development.
The program meets every Thursday from January 31 to April 4, and the classes are held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Area veterinarians and other speakers will provide hands-on lessons in a clinical setting. In the first unit, youth will explore the normal animal, including attitude and behavior, maintaining animal health, and the organs and systems of the animal body. In the second unit, animal diseases will be discussed including viruses, bacteria, and parasites that affect animal health. The instructors will also discuss the profession of veterinary science and possible career paths. At the last class, youth will work together to create a club project to be exhibited at the Ulster County Fair. The final class will also include a graduation ceremony and potluck.
The registration fee is $80 for 4-H members enrolled in Ulster County, $100 for non-4-H members or those outside of Ulster County, which includes two course books and materials. Participation is limited to 24 students.
Registration and payment are to be completed online at tinyurl.com/vetscience2019 and will be received on a paid, first-come, first-served basis. Sorry, no refunds. In the event of bad weather, lessons may be cancelled in which case an extended period will be offered the following Thursday. For more information or help with registration, call Matt Helffrich of the CCEUC 4-H Program at 340-3990 ext. 340, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County’s community programs and events go to ulster.cce.cornell.edu.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County provides equal program and employment opportunities. Please contact the program office at 845-340-3990 if you have any special needs.