Youth Animal Science

Animal agriculture is a major industry in Michigan and across the United States, and animal science projects are one of MSU Extension’s longest supported youth programs. Through these projects, youth learn about biological sciences as well as life skills such as responsibility and accountability. Whether youth focus on livestock or pets, participate in horse judging or quiz bowls, animal science programs and curriculum enhance youth knowledge in almost any species area.

Explore More Youth Animal Science Programs

  • 4-H Animal & Veterinary Science Camp

    At 4-H Animal & Vet Science Camp, youth ages 13-17 explore the fields of animal and veterinary science and engage in interactive, hands-on learning. Attend for your chance to practice veterinary medicine, research zoonotic conditions and discover careers!

  • 4-H Animal Evaluation

    4-H animal evaluation allows young people to explore animal science by learning to evaluate livestock project animals such as beef cattle, sheep and swine.

  • 4-H Animal Science

    4-H livestock projects provide great opportunities for youth to learn about animal and veterinary science, as well as animal production practices while gaining valuable life skills such as responsibility and record-keeping.

  • 4-H Beef Production & Management

    4-H livestock projects, including beef, provide great opportunities for youth to learn about animal and veterinary science, as well as animal production practices while gaining valuable life skills such as responsibility and record-keeping.

  • 4-H Companion Animals

    4-H youth explore veterinary and animal science by engaging in projects with their pet and learning to feed, train and care for the animal.

  • 4-H Dairy Cattle Production & Management

    4-H livestock projects, including dairy, provide great opportunities for youth to learn about animal and veterinary science, as well as animal production practices while gaining valuable life skills such as responsibility and record-keeping.

  • 4-H Goat Production & Management

    4-H youth explore veterinary and animal science by learning to feed, train and care for dairy, meat and hair goat projects.

  • 4-H Horses & Ponies

    Youth explore veterinary and animal science by engaging in horse projects that develop life skills. Activities include showing, riding, educational contests, leadership opportunities, career exploration and judging; many do not require horse ownership.

  • 4-H Poultry Production & Management

    Youth explore veterinary and animal science by learning to feed, train and care for bird projects, including chickens, turkeys, ducks and others.

  • 4-H Proud Equestrians Program

    A therapeutic horseback riding program for people with disabilities that helps to improve balance, coordination, posture and muscle tone. Opportunities to participate exist for riders, volunteers, instructors and horse owners.

  • 4-H Rabbits & Cavies

    Youth explore veterinary and animal science by learning to feed, train and care for rabbit and cavy projects. This project area is especially great for youth in urban areas.

  • 4-H Sheep Production & Management

    4-H livestock projects, including sheep, provide great opportunities for youth to learn about animal and veterinary science, as well as animal production practices while gaining valuable life skills such as responsibility and record-keeping.

  • 4-H Swine Production & Management

    4-H livestock projects, including swine, provide great opportunities for youth to learn about animal and veterinary science, as well as animal production practices while gaining valuable life skills such as responsibility and record-keeping.

  • 4-H Veterinary Science

    Explore the broad scope of veterinary medicine and animal health. In addition to learning valuable life skills, youth investigate topics such as medicine, animal health, zoonotic disease, animal management and nutrition.