The department has historically played a major role in educational programming for youth who participate in animal projects through 4-H and FFA. Quality assurance programs, skillathons, judging contests, written subject matter resource materials, science-based programs on campus for elementary and high school children, etc. have all been part of the programming package. Both food animal and recreational/companion animals are addressed with programmatic efforts. In general, over 50% of the Ohio students in the 4-H Science, Engineering and Technology subject matter area are involved with animal projects.