College assists in summer 4-H Congress

Dr. Terry Spencer with Wood's lamp

Dr. Terry Spencer uses a Wood’s lamp to screen a “cat” for ringworm infection during the 4-H Congress group’s visit to the UF College of Veterinary Medicine. The “cat” was actually a stuffed toy she coated with “Glow Germ” powder prior to the activity.

The annual 4-H Congress held at the University of Florida through the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences was made more interesting this year for a group of students who were able to participate in a day-long interactive workshop held at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine.

“Because of our college’s connections to IFAS, we received a request for a workshop proposal for their 2012 4-H Congress,” said Dr. Terry Spencer, a veterinarian in charge of distance education with the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program. “Dr. Amanda House and I responded that we’d coordinate a workshop that would enable up to 15 students to explore veterinary medicine for one day.”

IFAS accepted the proposal and a variety of activities were presented to the students, including a morning full of small animal-related activities and an afternoon of activities in the large animal hospital.

“Two of our new Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program residents and two summer research veterinary students assisted with the day by sitting on a panel, leading tours, answering questions and giving demonstrations,” Spencer said.


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