Canby FFA members place at state veterinary contest
The Canby FFA Chapter sent two teams to the State Veterinary Science Career Development Event on Nov. 18 in Hermiston. One of the teams came away with the 5th place prize, and two students placed individually in the top ten.
Canby's A Team, which placed 5th out of 37 teams in the contest, included Amanda Moses, Olivia Palacias, Kate Peters, Megan Walton and May Wood. Individually, Walton placed 3rd and Moses placed 7th out of 166 students. B Team members were Elizabeth Bowman, Sierra Burnell, Clarissa Chairet, Sean Sheveland and Katelyn Wing.
"Both teams worked really hard preparing for the contest this year," said Patty Abell, Canby's FFA adviser. "They spent many hours studying the different aspects of the contest and learning how to perform routine procedures on animals in a veterinary clinic. I am proud of the hard work and accomplishments all students achieved this year."
In the contest, students competed in a number of areas, including a knowledge test, identification of animal breeds, identification of 27 parasites, identification of 87 pieces of veterinary equipment, math calculations for medicine dosages, written response to a critical thinking scenario question, completing two handling and restraining techniques and completing two clinical procedures (such as administering a subcutaneous injection or preparing fecal flotation with a Fecalyzer).
In addition, the A Team also gave a 15-minute presentation on "veterinary feed directive and antimicrobial use in food animals," and answered questions on the subject for five minutes.
Because of the difficulty of the contest, Canby's teams had been practicing after school and in Abell's vet science class at the high school.
"All of the students put in a lot of work in the classroom where they learned a lot about becoming a veterinarian or vet tech," Abell said. "It has been fun seeing them grow and become more knowledgeable about the industry as a whole. I know we all look forward to next year's contest."