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North Carolina 4-H Presentation Guidelines: Small and Companion Animals

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Purpose/Objectives:

  • 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 dogs 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.

Eligibility:

Individuals or teams may compete. Each county may enter up to two participants in each age division.

  • 8-10 – 4-H’er must be 8 years old before January 1 of the current year and not have reached their eleventh birthday before January 1 of the current year.
  • 11-13 – 4-H’er must be eleven years old before January 1 of the current year and not have reached their thirteenth birthday before January 1 of the current year.
  • 14-18 – 4-H’er must be fourteen years of age before January 1 of the current year and not reached their nineteenth birthday before January 1 of the current year. Eligibility: Individuals or teams may compete.

Rules/Regulations:

  • The demonstration must be no more than 12 minutes in length.
  • The demonstration must include information about a small animal, including dogs, snakes, lizards, birds (including ostriches, emus, and rheas), mice, rats, hamsters, and gerbils, guinea pigs, rabbits, and cats.
  • The use of a live animal is not allowed.

The score sheet is the standard 4-H Presentation score sheet.

Rules/Regulations: See NC 4-H Presentation Regulations.


Materials:

Each participant must furnish all his/her own supplies and equipment.

Suggestions/Helpful Hints:

  • 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.

Awards: