Veterinary Science

Name of Contest:
Veterinary Science

Contest Chairs:
Michelle Heeg 
Lindsay Meissner

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

Participants will demonstrate professional ethics, decision-making, communication, and problem-solving skills.

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

Qualification Statement:
This is a qualifying contest for the State contest. The top 4 teams will be eligible to enter the State FFA Career Development event. Practice teams will not be accepted. One team per school.

Placement of teams will be determined by tabulating the three best scores of contestants from the school. Individual placement will include team activity scores.

If a tie occurs within the top 5 teams or individuals, the following events will be used to determine award recipients:


  • Combined score of written and ID score
  • Combined practicum scores (math and practicum)

Overall Team

  • Total (top 3 team members) combined practicum scores (math and practicum)
  • Total (top 3 team members) combined score of written and ID score

Materials Needed:
A clipboard and paper free from notes or other markings
Several sharpened no. 2 pencils (no pens)
Basic calculator

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.

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.