Savannah-Chatham County Public School System

Islands High School wins 4th consecutive Georgia FFA Veterinary Science Competition

Published on: 2/20/2019

The fourth annual FFA Veterinary Science Career Development Event was held on Friday, February 9, 2018. 73 teams from across the state competed in the event, which was held at Fort Valley State University Veterinary Science and Public Health Department.

For the contest, students took a written test on veterinary knowledge and an ID test, where they identified various veterinary equipment, animal breeds and parasites. Students also demonstrated skills in both clinical and handling practicums. 38 teams competed in the Junior Division, and Islands High School placed fourth overall. Team members were Peyton Coursey, Christina Durden, Delaney Love, and Olivia Strozier. 35 teams competed in the Senior Division. For the fourth year, Islands High School placed first overall. Team members were Alexis Gibson, Jazmine Gordon, Suzanna Knight, and Logan Lewis. Suzanna Knight placed 2nd overall individual.

The National FFA Organization started the Veterinary Science event in 2011. Islands High School began the Georgia Invitational CDE in 2016. In 2018, it was officially adopted by the Georgia FFA Association. Islands High School has represented Georgia at the National FFA Veterinary Science CDE in 2016, 2017, and 2018. In 2017, the team placed 10th overall. In 2018, the team placed Gold (11th overall).

The Veterinary Science Program at Islands High School is the only Choice Program of its kind in the state of Georgia, and the first and only Veterinary Science Program in Georgia to receive Industry Certification. When a program becomes industry certified, it receives a "stamp of excellence", which represents the apex of program quality.

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