Earning admission to veterinary school is extremely competitive, so early preparation is essential. Some units at West Virginia University are collaborating to offer 4-H members a day of information and activities that will help them along that path.

The fourth annual Davis-Michael 4-H Day will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, in the Agricultural Sciences Building on WVU’s Evansdale Campus. The event is designed for 4-Hers enrolled in dog, cat and veterinary science projects, and their families.

The program will provide an overview of WVU’s Davis-Michael Scholars Program, an innovative and challenging preparatory course for undergraduates preparing for veterinary study. Faculty from the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and WVU Extension Service will lead a variety of activities and discussions.

“We will be doing some hands-on activities from the Dog, Cat, and Veterinary Science 4-H project books,” said Jean Woloshuk, Extension specialist in 4-H Youth Agriculture. “There will be a session on ‘How Do I Become a Veterinarian?’ and information about other possible veterinary careers.”

Special guests include the canine students of WVU’s service dog training course.

The Davis-Michael Scholars Program supports the pre-veterinary medicine programs of the Division of Animal and Nutritional Sciences in the Davis College.

“The program was made possible through a generous donation from two Morgantown sisters, Gladys Gwendolyn Davis and Vivian Davis Michael as result of their love of pets and their desire promote quality veterinary care in West Virginia,” said Bob Dailey, coordinator of the program.

The cost for the event is $8 per person, which includes program materials and lunch.

Deadline for registration is Wednesday, Feb. 29. For information and registration materials, please contact Woloshuk at 304-293-2708 or jean.woloshuk@mail.wvu.edu, or you can register online at: http://simpleforms.scripts.wvu.edu/daviscollege/dm4hday2012/.



CONTACT: David Welsh; Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design
304.293.2394; dwelsh@wvu.edu

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