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George Jenkins High wins state veterinary assisting competition
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George Jenkins High wins state veterinary assisting competition

Lakeland’s George Jenkins High placed first in a state FFA competition testing students in veterinary assisting skills. Thirty-six high schools throughout the state competed in Plant City for the state championship held this month.

The competition is designed to inspire interest in learning activities associated with veterinary science. It tested student knowledge about livestock and companion animals within the veterinary profession.

The competition consisted of written questions on animals in varying topics including veterinary medical terminology, anatomy and physiology. The students also competed in a breed test identifying 20 breeds. The students identified species of feline, horse, goat, sheep and rabbit.

The competition also tested skills and knowledge in veterinary procedures. These skills and procedures included identifying equipment and instruments, applying and removing a restraint muzzle, taking vital signs through an initial exam and wrapping a surgical gown.

George Jenkins’ first place team consisted of senior Sarah Moffitt, junior KT Spencer, sophomore Abbie Salvador and junior Lauren Stevens. James Sweeney was the George Jenkins High FFA advisor for the competition. 

Three of the four students also placed in the individual competition.  KT Spencer was state champion, Sarah Moffitt was state runner up and Abbie Salvador placed fourth individually.

In addition to Jenkins, Polk was represented by three other schools at the event. Haines City High placed sixth, Lake Gibson High placed 23rd and Mulberry High was 30th in the competition.

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