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

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 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.

Eligibility:

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.

Rules/Regulations:

  • 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.

See NC 4-H Presentation Regulations
NC 4-H Presentation Scoresheet 9-13…in PDF
NC 4-H Presentation Scoresheet 14-18…in PDF

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:

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

and

NC Emu Association, Mr. Allen McNiell, 4262 Hwy. 49 South, Asheboro, NC 27203

Specialists:

Brian_Faris@ncsu.edu