The Erie County Agricultural Society will again offer children between the ages of 11-14 the opportunity to work first-hand with veterinarians and animals. The Erie County Fair vet camp, a half-day education immersion experience, will take place Tuesday, Aug. 13, and Thursday, Aug. 15. Sessions will focus on a variety of learning disciplines that include:
•Pet Wellness & First Aid: Children will learn about general pet welfare and what to do in an emergency situation. Participants will gain an understanding on what to look for when a pet is not feeling well and what should be included in a home pet first aid kit.
•Dairy Cow Health: Attendees will be exposed to what it takes to be a farm animal veterinarian through activities such as how to administer medication, the reading of vitals (heart rate, temperature, respiratory) and how to check for healthy rumen sounds.
•Small Ruminant Farm Animals: Sessions will gain knowledge on how to approach and handle sheep and goats, check for healthy digestion, respiratory and proper nutrition. Children will also have the chance to work one-on-one with an animal.
The program is limited to three sessions that will accommodate 30 children each. Registration is now open and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost for participation is $10 per child. Each participant will receive a vet camp T-shirt, lunch, and will take home a vet supplies goodie bag.
Applicants must be between the ages of 11-14 by Jan. 1, 2019 with proper documentation (copy of birth certificate). Applications are online at www.ecfair.org and must be postmarked by June 21 to be eligible for consideration. Questions may be directed to the fair’s agriculture education office at 716-649-3900, ext. 6499, or by emailing Education Coordinator Amber Klein at [email protected].
This year’s Erie County Fair vet camp program is sponsored by Medaille College and the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society.
The 180th Erie County Fair will be held Aug. 7-18. Visit www.ECFair.org.