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4-H for Hawai‘i

4-H for Hawai‘i 8 June 2017

4-H for Hawai‘i

It's not just livestock

Beyond livestock, 4-H promotes youth well-being, leadership skills, community engagement, and STEM activities, says state coordinator Jeff Goodwin.

The Bee’s Knees

The Bee’s Knees 7 June 2017

The Bee’s Knees

Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences’s Scott Nikaido explains the importance of pollinators to Hawai‘i crops and how people can support pollinator health by using fewer insecticides and more pollinator-friendly plants.

Prepared Youth

Prepared Youth 17 May 2017

Prepared Youth

Hawai‘i is the second state that trained adults to instruct kids in a youth preparedness national pilot project. 3 4-H agents were certified through the Hawai‘i Youth Preparedness Initiative.

A Web Winner

A Web Winner 11 May 2017

A Web Winner

Hawai‘i Association of County Agricultural Agents nominated Andrea Kawabata for their national organization’s Communications Award for her coffee berry borer beetle website.

GoFarm Grows

4 May 2017

GoFarm Grows

The GoFarm Hawai‘i beginning farmer training program received new grants from the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture, Hawai‘i Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, and Kamehameha Schools.

Prevent the Parasite

4 May 2017

Prevent the Parasite

With new cases of rat lungworm reported in the Islands, Extension Agent Jari Sugano was featured on Hawaii News Now offering some tips on reducing the risk of the disease.

Gut Feeling

Gut Feeling 4 May 2017

Gut Feeling

GoFarm and Ag Incubator alumnus and entrepreneur Rob Barreca and graduate student Surely Wallace promoted fermented foods in a recent Honolulu Star-Advertiser article.

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6 August 2019

4-H Vets

Summer program introduces youth to veterinary science

4-H Vets

Middle school students explored veterinary science as a possible career in a week-long 4-H Veterinary Science Day Camp conducted by Hawai‘i County 4-H Extension agent Becky Settlage in Hilo in July. CTAHR’s Extension veterinarian Jenee Odani, local and state veterinarians, and a couple of UH student assistants also helped to lead the program. With their love of animals and desire to help them, the thirteen youth had a strong interest in this career, and this program definitely increased their interest!

Participants, ranging from 11 to 13 years, jumped right in, discovering career options in working with animals and finding out what a veterinarian does. They learned skills needed to land an entry-level job in a vet clinic, such as completing resumes and doing mock interviews, and honed good communication skills on the phone and in person with practice situations. Campers engaged with technology through online research and virtual behind-the-scenes tours of veterinary offices, while hands-on activities helped to engage them and cemented the learning they got through lectures.

Jenee and a former student assistant, Blaine Ishizu, taught campers how to give intramuscular and subcutaneous injections, scrub for surgeries and put on surgical gloves, prep slides for fecal exams, and use a microscope. Campers also learned about internal and external parasites. The last day campers learned about disaster preparedness and the job of a state veterinarian, and they got to explore a veterinarian’s truck.

Learning was assessed through Quiz Bowl and Jeopardy!-style games. At the end of the week, the students received certificates of learning. Assessments completed on the first and last days showed how much campers knew about this career choice coming in and what impact the program had. Evaluations were positive, and results showed a significant increase in participants’ familiarity with veterinary science and virtual reality technology. Participants also felt more confident in their ability to communicate with the public and deal with safety situations with animals. And all felt that the information they got during the week was valuable and worth their time!

View photos from the program on the East Hawaii 4-H & Hawaii County 4-H Livestock Facebook page.