Veterinary Science

Contest Chairs:
Michelle Heeg 
Lindsay Meissner

This is a qualifying contest for the State contest. The top 50% of the participating teams will be eligible to enter the State FFA Career Development event. (The percentages qualified at area contests are based on the percentage of full three- or four-person teams indicating that they are attempting to qualify at an area contest.) Practice teams will not be accepted.

Information from Related Vet Science Events
Fox Valley Veterinary Science event
Wisconsin State Veterinary Science event
National Veterinary Science Evaluation rules

Contest Purpose

The purpose of the veterinary science career development event is to promote college and career readiness by providing opportunities to develop technical knowledge and demonstrate practical skills in the field of veterinary science.

Team Format

All four team members count toward team score.


I.    Participants will demonstrate professional ethics, decision-making, communication, and problem-solving skills.
II.  Participants will demonstrate technical competency with small and large animals in the areas of:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Clinical procedures
  • Identification
  • Health and safety
  • Medical terminology

Event Format

The veterinary science event will consist of a written exam, an identification and/or problem solving activity, and a team activity practicum. We plan to follow the outline below. Minor changes might occur subject to availability of materials and time.

Description of the Contest


A team will consist of four members. All team members’ scores count toward the team score.

The contest will consist of four parts:

  • Written test –  50 questions covering veterinary science and practices – 100 points
  • Identification of 50 specimens of equipment, parasites or breeds –  100 points
  • Math problems practicum – Deals with weights and dosage scenarios – 50 points
  • Practicums (one or more of the following) –  25 points each
    • Animal handling/restraint
    • Clinical procedures
    • Identification of parasites using a microscope
    • Determining heart rate and respiratory rate
    • Placing a muzzle on a dog
    • Preparing a dog for surgery

Team members will be judged on their abilities to perform tasks as well work together as a team during the practicum.

The contest will start at 9:00 a.m., and tardiness will likely cause late contestants to lose points.

Each contestant should bring a clipboard, calculator, and supply of no. 2 pencils.

Chapter Advisers assisting with this contest should arrive between 8:30 and 8:45. This contest could use up to six assistants.