Molala FFA students did well in last weekend's state Veterinary Science competition. This was a first-time try in this category for the Molalla students

MAKENZIE BEHRLE - Molalla FFA B Team at the state competition, from which they brough home a third-place win Saturday. 
Molalla High School’s FFA members came home winners from a statewide competition -- their first time ever competing in a veterinary science event.

This past Saturday the FFA Chapter competed in the State Veterinary Science Career Development Event. Molalla’s A Team, consisting of Jessica Rhoades, Erin Swanson, Audrey Andrews, Kayla Burns and Ryan Dunigan, placed fifth in the state of Oregon.

MACKENZIE BEHRLE - Working with live animals- Kalya Burns and Dr. Erin Swanson         
Jessica Rhoades placed 20th individual overall in the event. The B Team placed 3rd out of B teams in the state of Oregon. That team consisted of John Cross, Halie McCloud, Sam Moore, Josh Kropf and Noe Reynaga.

Coached by the MHS Chapter Advisor Mackenzie Behrle, this is the first year Molalla FFA has competed in this event.

MAKENZIE BEHRLE - A Team L-R Jessica Rhoades, Erin Swanson, Audrey Andrews, Kayla Burns & Ryan Dunigan.
“And they did very well,” Behrle said. “The event is very complicated and included a comprehensive knowledge test over veterinary medicine, a math calculations component, a written response to a veterinary science scenario/issue, identification of tools, diseases, breeds (including over 250 dog breeds alone!), and practicals, including animal handling and medical MAKENZIE BEHRLE - Practicing removing sutures- Ryan Dunigan, Erin Swanson and  Audrey Andrews, Molalla FFA.

In addition to these areas, the A Team completed a team event in which they had to research and present a 15-minute presentation on a goat with caprine arthritis encephalitis.

“A special thanks to Dr. Swanson from South Clackamas Veterinary Services for helping the team with hands on training,” Behrle said.

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