Veterinary Camp Teaches Clinical Skills, Hands-On Activities
Posted June 29, 2017
Dr. Joe Mask, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
specialist youth veterinary science, displays instruments used to
carry out various animal health practices at the recent 4-H
Veterinary Camp. Photo by Blair Fannin, Texas A&M AgriLife
Experts from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine &
Biomedical Sciences, Department of Animal Science, and AgriLife
Extension Service helped youth from across Texas build upon the
skills and knowledge they need to master the veterinary science
certification program during the recent 4-H Veterinary Camp.
Upon completion of the week-long instruction, which coincided
with Texas 4-H Roundup week, students received a Beef Quality
Assurance certification from the Texas Beef Council and obtained 33
of the 78 clinical skills needed for the Texas Veterinary Medical
Association Certified Veterinary Assistant Level 1 certification,
according to organizers. Susan Eades, head of the CVM's Department
of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, was among those who shared her
experiences and thoughts on beef quality assurance.
“This was our third annual camp for Texas 4-H members,” said Dr.
Joe Mask, AgriLife Extension specialist youth veterinary science.
“We cover program areas in equine, beef cattle, cattle handling,
and restraint. We also talked about nutrition, fever ticks, and
Beef Quality Assurance practices. All of the students leave camp
Camp attendees viewed beef cattle research projects at the Texas
A&M field laboratory near College Station and toured the CVM
This year, there were 26 camp attendees ages 12-18, according to
“We try to hold attendance down to a minimum so it’s more
hands-on,” he said. “We also spend a lot of time around the cattle
chute, microscopes, giving them as much opportunity to experience
the activities animal health practitioners experience on a
“All 4-H members who sign up through Texas 4-H come to this
camp,” Mask said. “The students have to get 78 clinical skills, so
at this camp they can get 33 of those. They take heart rates,
respiratory temperature, and restraint.”
Mask said the youth had a great week of learning opportunities,
“specifically all types of clinical skills that they can use in a
career path, whether it be as a veterinarian or research
Early in the week, camp participants worked with horses to learn
all aspects of handling and health, including how to apply
bandages, catch and tie a horse, how to lead safely, and to handle
and examine feet.
Other practices discussed and demonstrated included haltering
cattle, proper injection placement, evaluating cattle with
potential illness, cattle behavior in a chute, and how to use a
stethoscope to listen to the cow’s heart rate.
For more information about the program, visit http://aevm.tamu.edu, or to see
scenes from the camp, visit https://youtu.be/nMwCl0hn07w.
This article was written by Blair Fannin.
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