Michigan Youth Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus certification training.

Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus certification training for Hillsdale County 4-H swine project members..

The 2015 Michigan 4-H Companion Animal Camp will be a fun, experiential learning-based camp, where participants and their K-9 pals can learn new games and training techniques.

Youth Rabbit & Cavy Show .

Educational training for youth, ages 8-19, to receive Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus certification. Register by Friday, May 29, 2015.

Overview of a new MSU program that will engage and prepare Michigan teens as leaders addressing the vital issues of global food security.

The 4-H Rabbit and Cavy Expo is designed for young people who are interested in live animal evaluation and in testing their knowledge of the rabbit and cavy fancy.

Youth who will be showing at the Calhoun County Fair will need to be currently PQA Plus Certified.

Join other Michigan teens as they participate at 4-H Animal and Veterinary Science Camp this summer.

Educational training for youth 8 to 19 wanting to be PQA certified to exhibit animals at fairs or state events.

Animal Science

Think you have to live on or near a farm to work with animals in 4-H?

4-H Animal ScienceLots of people think 4-H is all about living on a farm and raising a cow or a pig, taking it to fair, winning a blue ribbon and maybe selling the animal to earn money for college. For some youth, that’s true, although there’s a lot more to it than that!

But thousands of kids in 4-H work with animals and have never set foot on a farm. They’re working with dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, birds, fish, snakes, turtles—you name it. Not only do you get to be with animals that make great companions, you’ll understand them so much better when you learn about what to feed them, how to train them and how to enhance their environment. By the way, all of those things? That’s why it’s called animal science!

Caring for an animal is a big deal, so you’ll definitely learn to be responsible. If you could use a boost in confidence and want to get better at communicating, working with an animal could be right up your alley. And there’s nothing like working with an animal to help you feel connected to another living being.

It can be fantastic, but it can also be hard. Seeing an animal being born is like….wow! Losing an animal friend could hurt, though. It’s all part of life, and working with animals let’s you learn to cope with all kinds of experiences.


For more information on how to get involved as a youth or volunteer, contact your county MSU Extension office or:

Melissa Elischer, 4-H Dairy Educator
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Phone: (517) 432-4306

Katie Ockert, 4-H Animal Science Educator
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Phone: (517) 432-5270

Julie Thelen, 4-H Livestock and Veterinary Science Educator
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Phone: 517-432-1626

Karen Waite, 4-H Equine Specialist
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Phone: 517-432-0383 or

Taylor Fabus, Instructor
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Phone: 517-353-1748

Upcoming Department of Animal Science events

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