Crest High School FFA Veterinary Science Team 2nd in North Carolina

Pictured left-to-right: Tyler Weaver, Sarah Robbins, Lauren Eaker, and Taylor Packer

Pictured left-to-right: Tyler Weaver, Sarah Robbins, Lauren Eaker, and Taylor Packer

Sanford, North Carolina – Crest FFA members participated in the State FFA Veterinary Science Career Development Event on Saturday at Lee County Senior High School and placed 2nd in the state level event out of 51 teams. A competitive Crest team fell short of the state winner, Pinecrest High FFA, by one point. Team members are Lauren Eaker, Taylor Packer, Sarah Robbins, and Tyler Weaver.

“Our accomplishments at the state fair is due to the dedication and hard work of many students who are involved year round,” said Matt Harris, an agriculture teacher at Crest High. “This accomplishment is a true reflection of the work of our entire Crest FFA program.”

The North Carolina Veterinary Science Career Development Event is a competition where students demonstrate their skills in the veterinary medical field. The event consists of many components including a knowledge assessment. Also, students participate in a variety of practical activities focusing on veterinary mathematical calculations, handling and restraint techniques and a practicum in clinical procedures. Contestants also have a battery of identification problems in parasitology, equipment, and animal breeds. The event is in its 8th year as a North Carolina FFA state event providing students an opportunity to test and demonstrate their ability in the field.

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Local veterinarians have also provided the Crest FFA team members an opportunity to intern and train at their facilities during the school semester to further enhance their skills. Lauren Eaker is an intern at Hope Animal Hospital. Taylor Packer is at Forest City Animal Hospital. Sarah Robbins at Twin Lakes Animal Hospital and Tyler Weaver is an intern at Boulevard Animal Hospital. All four students have an interest in animal medicine and plan to continue their education in the field.

North Carolina FFA is a youth organization of 19,700 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business, and technology of agriculture with 342 local chapters across the state.

The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. Visit www.ncffa.org for more information.

Greg Shull