The AVMA has attended the National FFA Organization Convention each year for more than 40 years. We host veterinary career workshops and exhibit in the Career Fair, providing veterinary career materials to students and advisers. Just imagine it: more than 60,000 junior high-, high school- and college-aged attendees, enthusiastic about the future and brimming with excitement over the opportunities ahead. They are bright, confident, well-spoken and incredibly attentive.
That’s why it’s such a joy for the AVMA to be the proud sponsor of the FFA National Agricultural Proficiency Award in Veterinary Science, which recognizes FFA members who have excelled as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while gaining valuable hands-on career experience. This year’s winner, just announced earlier this month at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ken., was Cayci Danielle Allison, an 18-year-old member of the FFA chapter in Lemoore, Calif., who works at a local animal clinic and plans on pursuing an advanced degree in veterinary medicine. The AVMA also sponsors three, $1,000 FFA scholarships that reward excellence and enable FFA students to pursue their educational goals.
We have long recognized FFA students as ideal candidates for careers in veterinary medicine, and it is our honor and privilege to continue to help cultivate young minds and assist young people in becoming future leaders who have an impact on both animal and human health, and food safety.