UMass Amherst Hosts 4-H Students in Horse First Aid Session


DATE:           Monday, June 30, 2014

TIME:            11:10 to noon

WHAT:          4-H students interested in pre-vet program learn horse first aid

WHERE:       Horse Barn, UMass Amherst Hadley Farm, 111 North Maple St., Hadley

More than 50 young 4-H members from around western Massachusetts will spend three days at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for “4-H Science Days” on June 29 through July 1. One of three tracks they can choose is “Exploring Veterinary Sciences,” which introduces them to animal sciences and pre-veterinary student activities and discussions.

These students will take part in a workshop, “Equine First Aid and Working with Horses,” taught by Cassie Uricchio, director of equine management at the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, between 11:10 a.m. and noon on Monday, June 30.

Earlier in the morning, the young people who chose the veterinary sciences sessions will have discussed animal rights with Lori Swanson, humane education manager of the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society. Later in the day they will view a video on veterinary medicine as a profession and large animals in particular, and take part in activities to learn about lab work and blood analysis in horses.    

Carrie Chickering-Sears, director of community education in animal agriculture for UMass Extension, will be on hand to answer questions about other parts of the three-day program, which includes optional sessions on robotics and “solving medical mysteries” with laboratory techniques in human medicine with visiting professionals from Boston Children’s Hospital. Media may request to visit those sessions if they wish.