Writer: Steve Byrns, (915) 653-4576,

MONAHANS -– Got an aspiring young veterinary protégé with no real plans for the summer? If so, suggest they attend the “West Texas Youth Veterinary Science Workshop” June 22-26 at the George and Opal Bentley 4-H Center.

Pascual Hernandez, Texas Cooperative Extension agricultural agent for Ward County and the workshop’s coordinator, said the program’s objective is to expose youth to careers in veterinary science.

“We’re seeking 15 boys and 15 girls to attend the camp from all across the state,” said Hernandez. “Participants must be of high school age, have an interest in veterinary science, and be willing to participate as a team member during the week-long camp.

“We’re also looking for four adult leaders to serve as cabin directors and counselors. This is an excellent opportunity for Extension agents, teachers, and volunteer leaders to learn more about this fascinating field.”

Hernandez said workshop instructors will include university and research faculty, Extension personnel, Texas Animal Health Commission personnel, and practicing veterinarians. Course topics will include the Beef Quality Assurance Program, toxicology, parasitology, anaesthesiology, anatomy, nutrition, first aid, beef feedlot health management, large and small animal practice, dairy cattle health management, horse medicine, and more. Activities will involve classroom study, lab work, and field excursions.

Applications must be submitted to the Extension office in Ward County, 1900 S. Stockton, Suite J, Monahans, Texas, 79756, by May 27. Participants will be informed of their acceptance to the workshop by June 4.

Cost of the camp is $150 with payment due by June 11. Refunds will be offered in full in the event of cancellations prior to June 18. After June 18, the fee is non-refundable.

For further information call the Extension office in Ward County at (432) 943-2682 or (432) 943-4112.


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