Veterinary Science

Purpose

Note:  The National FFA Veterinary Science CDE handbook was updated for 2017-2021.  Per the published rules for the state contest, we will be using the (new) national guidelines and lists, which include changes in identification items, practicums, and clinical procedures.  We have been in the process of updating the study website, however, this may not all be completed before the state contest.  For 2017, the Nebraska FFA Veterinary Science CDE will try to focus on items that overlapped between the old and new versions of the handbook.

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.

Superintendent/s:

Lisa Karr
C204 Animal Science
Lincoln, NE 68583-0908
402-472-6458
lisa.karr@unl.edu

Lena Luck
402-472-9098
lena.luck@unl.edu

Event Information

Objectives:

  1. Participants will demonstrate professional ethics, decision-making, communication and problem-solving skills.
  2. 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

Teams:

  1. Teams will consist of four members with all four members' scores counting toward total team score.
  2. The number of teams should be 3 per district.
  3. Teams will be capped at 36.

Dress Code:

  1. Please wear appropriate items to work with animals.
  2. That includes:  slacks and closed toe and heel shoes. FFA members are permitted to wear Official Dress with black slacks and black boots.

Format:

Written Exam - 50 points per individual, 200 points per team

The objective, multiple-choice exam is designed to determine team members' broad understanding of the veterinary science field. All students will take the exam individually. Team members may not talk during the written exam. The written exam will consist of 25 multiple-choice questions. See sample questions in Veterinary Science CDE Handbook .

There will also be math questions regarding conversions, dose calculations, dilutions, cost calculations and invoices. Thirty minutes will be given for the exam. Calculators are permitted and need to be provided by the student.

Topics for the exam may include:

  • Behavior
  • Disease (causes and sources, signs and symptoms)
  • Medical terminology
  • Medical records
  • Anatomy/physiology
  • Regulations (federal OSHA, MSDS)
  • Patient management
  • Facility management
  • Genetics

Identification- 100 points total

Participants will identify equipment, parasites and breeds/species for a total of 100 points (2 points per item). Teams will work together to complete the identification section. Thirty minutes will be given for this activity. Identification lists are located in the National Veterinary Science CDE Handbook.

Equipment- 50 points

Participants will identify pieces of equipment (actual equipment and photos). They will also need to have general knowledge about the use for each item.

Parasites- 30 points (pictures)

Participants will identify parasites (photos) and explain the life cycles of selected parasites.

Breeds- 20 points

Participants will identify breeds of small and large animals (photos).

Practicums- 200 points total

Handling and Restraining Practicum- 100 points

Four handling and restraining practicums will be selected. Each individual will be assigned to complete one of the four handling and restraining practicum. (25 points for the individual, 100 points total for the team).

Participants are expected to talk through the handling and restraining steps to a judge as they are being scored. Judges may speak and ask questions to the participant at the end of each activity, if time allows. All handling and restraining scorecards can be found at the end of the National FFA handbook .

Clinical Procedure Practicum - 100 points

Four clinical procedure practicums will be selected. Each individual will be assigned to complete one of the four clinical procedure practicums. (25 points for the individual, 100 points total for the team).

Participants are expected to talk through the clinical procedure steps to a judge as they are being scored. Judges may speak and ask questions to the participant at the end of each activity, if time allows. All clinical procedure scorecards can be found at the end of the National FFA handbook .

Required Supplies

  • Pencils
  • Calculators
  • Clip Boards

Scoring

EventIndividual PointsTeam Points
Written Exam - 2 pts./question 50 200
Identification 100
Handling and Restraining Practicum 25 100
Clinical Procedures Practicum 25 100
Maximum Total Points 100 500

Tiebreakers

Team tiebreakers will be settled in the following order:

  1. Combined individual practicum total score
  2. Combined individual written exam total score

Awards

Awards will be presented to top teams in each category and overall based upon their rankings.

Awards will be presented to the top ten individuals. Individual scores will be calculated by adding the written exam score and both individual practicum score.

National Veterinary Science CDE Handbook

References/Study Information

Animal Science has produced a site and videos to help students prepare for the event and for general classroom use. Visit the site here