4-H Youth Development Program
4-H Youth Development Program
4-H Youth Development Program
University of California
4-H Youth Development Program

Animal Science Symposium

2016 State Animal Science Symposium

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May 23-25, 2016 

UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616
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Who should attend

4-H staff, key 4-H adult volunteers, and Future Farmers of America (FFA) supervisors/teachers


Early Bird Registration: Cost to register before May 1, 2016 is $110.00.

Late Registration: May 2-15, 2016. Cost to register is $125.00.

Early Bird Registration closes May 1, 2016 


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2016 Theme: Animal Welfare

The Animal Science Symposium is a train-the-trainer professional development conference with educational sessions on animal welfare and animal health led by specialists on animal welfare, animal health, and species-specific issues. 

Day Two features a foundational training on Animal Welfare Proficiencies, a new research-based curriculum on animal welfare developed by the UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Extension.

The ultimate goal is to augment the 4-H and FFA experience for youth by training leaders on opportunities to develop advanced problem-solving skills and enhance scientific literacy.  

Post Symposium

Symposium participants will be expected to implement the Animal Welfare Proficiencies curriculum with youth in animal science projects and classes. Participants will receive a curriculum kit and ongoing support will be provided via regularly scheduled conference calls with UC Davis faculty and staff.

4-H participants will be expected to train other 4-H adult volunteers and 4-H teen leaders to implement the Proficiencies with 4-H members. 

Public Event

Animal Science and Agriculture Career and Networking Fair

May 23, 2016, 5:00-7:00pm
Gladys Valley Hall, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

Open to youth ages 9 - 18.

Network and interact with researchers, educators, industry and government organizations as they share their work related to agricultural topics, innovations, and issues. This is a good opportunity for youth to explore career opportunities in animal science and learn about internship opportunities!

Exhibitors: Sign up by May 1, 2016

Youth and Parents: RSVP for the Career and Networking Fair by May 18


To prepare adult volunteers to facilitate agricultural education
Youth need access to agriculture education programs that will provide a solid grounding in science and the skills necessary to contribute to their communities and the future of the field. The Animal Science Symposium will support adults - 4-H adult volunteers, staff, and Future Farmers of America (FFA) teachers - to facilitate agricultural education experiences to young people. 

To promote good animal welfare practices among youth animal caretakers
Tens of thousands of youth participate in 4-H projects and FFA classes annually. The majority focus on the rearing, care, husbandry, and, in many cases, showing and marketing of live animals. These projects should also be cultivating an appreciation for the needs and well-being of the animals and as well as competitive goals. The evidence, however, shows insufficient or inconsistent on-farm and at-fair animal welfare practices, underscoring a need for systematic dissemination of animal welfare education among youth who raise project animals.

The Animal Welfare Proficiencies are based on concepts central to the assessment and enhancement of animal welfare, including interpreting animal behavior, monitoring animal health, and understanding the associations between housing, handling, and husbandry and welfare outcomes.

By providing training to youth educators on these proficiencies, 4-H and FFA members will develop good animal welfare practices that will result in ethical decision making among youth animal caretakers throughout California.

Planning Committee

Martin Smith, Associate Specialist in Cooperative Extension, Department of Population Health and Reproduction, Veterinary Medicine Extension and Human Ecology, UC Davis, mhsmith@ucdavis.edu, (530) 752-6894

Steven Worker, 4-H Science, Engineering, and Technology Coordinator, State 4-H Office, UC ANR, smworker@ucanr.edu, (530) 750-1341

Andrea Ambrose, Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Development Services, UC ANR, apambrose@ucanr.edu

Alyssa Sankey, Program Representative for Animal Science Education, UC ANR, ajsankey@ucanr.edu 

Cheryl L. Meehan, Staff Research Associate, UC Davis

Emily Schoenfelder, 4-H Youth Development Advisor, UCCE Colusa, Sutter, and Yuba Counties

Kelley Brian, Youth, Families, and Communities Advisor, UCCE Placer and Nevada Counties

Tentative Schedule

Monday, May 23, 2016
9:30 Arrivals & Registration
11:15 Welcome Keynote Speakers
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Track 1 Track 2
Educational Session 1a Education Session 1b
2:20 Education Session 1b
Educational Session 1a
3:40 Break

Species-Specific Education Sessions

5:00 Animal Science and Agriculture Career and Networking Fair


Tuesday, May 24, 2016
7:30 Breakfast
9:00 Track 1 Track 2
Hands on Workshop: Proficiencies 1 & 2; Field Work Hands on Workshop: Proficiencies 1 & 2; Field Work
12:00 Lunch: Youth / County-based Presentations
1:30 Hands on Workshop: Proficiencies 3 & 4; Share out Hands on Workshop: Proficiencies 3 & 4; Share out
5:00 Dinner on your own


Wednesday, May 25, 2016
7:30 Breakfast
9:00 Hands-on Workshop
10:30 Professional Development, Implementation Strategies and Resources
12:00 Lunch / Capstone Presentation Speaker


2016 Sponsors

Supporter - Sponsoring the Capstone Session

California 4-H Foundation


UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Extension


1 A District Ag Association/Cow Palace

Lander Veterinary Clinic

Partnering Agencies

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UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Extension

UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

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