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4-H and Equine Field Services

Faculty and Staff of the LVMC devote much time and effort into horse programs in the local community. Story County 4H has a very active Horse Project, one of the largest in Iowa. Deanna Collins, director of Medical Records, is a co-leader of this project, along with Claire Hall, a longtime 4H leader. The group meets weekly for three months prior to the Iowa Horse Jamboree in which they compete in Hippology and the Quiz Bowl.

The group offers the opportunity for local youth to learn about the anatomy and physiology of the horse through an intensive hippology club that meets twice a week through the winter and spring, and then competes at the state level in the spring. Many of our veterinarians volunteer their time to present at these meetings and give students a more in depth understanding of equine veterinary concepts.

The 4H group also offers camps for its youth participants. Iowa State veterinarians and their veterinary students spent the afternoon with the youth demonstrating physical examinations on member's horses (pictured below). At the end of the day, youth had the chance to teach the veterinary students in a group riding lesson.

   

Listening with a stethoscope
   
 Learning to suture with bananas  4H Group Photo
 
Vet students getting ready to learn how to ride from the 4H group