North Carolina 4-H Presentation Guidelines: Small and Companion Animals
- To develop leadership abilities, build character, and assume citizenship responsibilities.
- To acquire scientific and veterinary knowledge about small animals.
- To learn how to care for small animals.
- To develop creative skills in the demonstration of small animals.
- To develop skills in public speaking.
- NOTE: This category covers Dog and Small Animals. For example, the basic care of a dog, dog obedience, care of pets during a hurricane, picking the right pet, etc. are included in this category.
Individuals or teams may compete.
- 9-10 – 4-H’er must be 9 years old prior to January 1 of the current year and not have reached their eleventh burthday before January 1 of the current year.
- 11-13 – 4-H’er must be eleven years old prior to January 1 of the current year and not have reached their fourteenth birthday before January 1 of the current year.
- 14-18 – 4-H’er must be 14 years of age prior to January 1 of the current year, and not have reached their nineteenth birthday before January 1 of the current year.
- The demonstration must be no more than 12 minutes in length.
- The demonstration must include information about a small animal which includes dogs, snakes, lizards, birds (including ostriches, emus, and rheas), mice, rats, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, rabbits, and cats.
- The use of a live animal is not allowed.
Score sheet is the standard 4-H Presentation score sheet.
Each participant must furnish all his/her own supplies and equipment.
- Use visuals like posters or charts to make points. Lettering and pictures should be large enough to be seen clearly.
- Don’t chew gum during the presentation.
- Include information about the care of small animals.
- Include information about the training of small animals.
- Include information about the veterinary science that is necessary to maintain a small animal pet.
- Discuss the diseases of small animals.
- Discuss where to get small animal pets.
- Discuss information on the nutritional requirements and why and what to feed small animal pets.
District awards: $50 scholarship to NC 4-H Congress for each division winner; if team, each member receives $25.
State awards: Each state winner will receive a $12.50 award.
Donor: NC Veterinary Medical Association, Mr. Jerry Ocorr, Executive Director, 2501 Atrium Dr., Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27607
NC Emu Association, Mr. Allen McNiell, 4262 Hwy. 49 South, Asheboro, NC 27203