On June 10, Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) President Elect, Dr. Jane Clark, presented Rachel Ries of Lomira, with the State FFA Veterinary Science Proficiency Award at the 85th Annual State FFA Convention in Madison. This award recognizes the student who best demonstrates an understanding of veterinary practices and animal health care in Wisconsin.
Ries began her proficiency by working at Village Veterinary Clinic in Lomira. Over time she worked her way up from assisting certified veterinary technicians during appointments to caring for in-house patients by feeding, administrating medications and walking. Eventually she was able to shadow and help in the surgery room with caesarian sections. Ries has also learned how to put together surgery packs and how to use the sterilizing machine. These skills are helping her become a surgery assistant.
The top five state finalists in the veterinary science proficiency area received monetary awards made possible by sponsorship from the WVMA.
Ries has yet to find out if she will be selected as one of four national finalists. If selected, she will compete at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky. in October. The four national finalists each receive a plaque and scholarship thanks to sponsorship by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
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