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Animal Science

The 4-H Animal Science Programs provide a wide variety and depth of educational opportunities for youth from every corner of Virginia, most of which involve working directly with live animals of all types. Some of the most popular animals in this program area include; dogs, cattle, cats, chickens, horses, pigs, rabbits, and sheep. You can also learn about animals without owning one. 

These projects teach:  

  • Responsible care and well-being of animals.
  • Life Skills like decision-making and communication skills through judging events and oral presentations.
  • Awareness of the practices in animal agriculture.
  • The safe and appropriate use of animal products.
  • Scientific principles.

The 4-H Animal Science Programs allow the youth to practice and demonstrate what they learn at numerous supporting activities like fairs, judging contests, shows, educational bowls, and presentation contests. Virginia has a very successful record in these competitions at the Regional and National levels.

These programs also help youth become aware of career opportunities in the animal agricultural industries which represents 57 percent of the total income from agriculture in Virginia. Virginia's animal agriculture industries strongly support these program areas.

Take a closer look at the many opportunities waiting for you in the 4-H Animal Science Programs.


Animal Science Project Areas
- Companion    Animals  - Meats
- Dairy  - Poultry
- Horse & Pony  - Sheep
- Livestock  - Small Animal

Instructional Modules

    Beef Production in Virginia
Beef Production in Virginia
    Beef Byproducts
Beef Byproducts
    Farmwork
Farmwork
    4-H Horse Farm
4-H Horse Farm
    Nitrogen Cycle
Nitrogen Cycle
    Virtual Farm
Virtual Farm