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AMP vet science team wins state contest

The first Madison Agriscience Magnet Program (AMP) Veterinary Science Team set the bar high by making history in claiming the State Championship title in the 2013 State FFA Career Development Event (CDE) Veterinary Science Competition. The Madison AMP Veterinary Science Team consists of juniors, Katelyn Franck and Hailey Noble, and seniors, Samantha Flores and Samantha Jansen. The team went head strong and well prepared into the competition that was hosted by the Texas A&M Veterinary Science School in College Station, Texas on May 4.

Preparation for the contest demanded countless hours of personal study time plus multiple weekly practices held before and after school working on identifying 150 animal species ranging from cattle to exotics, 100 veterinary medical instruments, 15 organs, 25 parasites, taking a 50-question exam out of a 285-question pool, and performing two veterinary science related skills.

The team traveled to several invitational practice contests this past semester and qualified for state at the Area VII Contest at Tarleton State University by finishing first place with 3 of the 4 members scoring the top three highest scores out of 22 teams and 88 individuals.

At the recent state contest, the team competed against 52 teams and 200 contestants out of the ten areas across the state. The Madison AMP Veterinary Science Team captured first place and a State Championship by scoring 38 points higher than the second place team. Individual scores ranked in the top five including:

- Samantha Jansen, Fifth Place
- Katie Franck, Third Place
- Hailey Noble, Second Place

The team will be competing at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky in October. In addition to all their preparation, Franck, Noble, and Jansen have successfully completed requirements to earn their Certified Veterinary Assistant Level 1 Certifications. These elite veterinary science students have done outstanding in taking advantage of what the Agricultural Magnet Program has to offer in providing opportunities for students to pursue their dreams in various careers such as Veterinary Science.

Vet science students pose for photo.The entire Vet Science team including their instructors celebrate their title win at the contest.

Posted on June 5, 2013