Molalla FFA members place at state veterinary contest
The Molalla FFA Chapter sent two teams to the State Veterinary Science Career Development Event on Nov. 18 in Hermiston, and one of the teams came away with the 8th place prize.
"I am extremely happy with how the students placed," said Molalla FFA Adviser Mackenzie Behrle. "It is a very hard contest and the kids put in 100 percent of their effort. Students were able to make real world connections and prepare themselves for the future."
Molalla's A Team, which placed 8th out of 37 teams in the contest, included John Cross, Halie McCloud, Jessica Rhoades, Samantha Moore and Josh Kropf. B Team members were Noe Reynaga, Faith Ablen, Emilie Mendoza, Emma Andrews and Clay Sperl.
"The contest is extensive and covers all aspects of the veterinary industry," Behrle said.
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, Molalla's teams had been practicing after school 2-3 days per week for two hours in the classroom and two additional hours at South Clackamas Veterinary Clinic.
"The practices helped bond as a team, which really comes into play in the team event," said Kropf. "It makes the script feel natural, which, in turn, makes it sound natural to the judges, almost as if there wasn't a script in the first place."
At the veterinary clinic, Dr. Jennifer Swanson helped prepare students for the contest.
"A special thanks to Dr. Swanson of South Clackamas Veterinary Clinic for helping us with the restraining techniques and clinical procedures," Behrle said.
The teams walked away from the contest, not only with an 8th place prize, but also a sense of anticipation for next year.
"I am already excited to compete again next year!" Mendoza said.