HUNTERDON POLYTECH Animal Science Students Win Big at National Competition – Congrats

PICTURED  Animal Science students, Hannah McCray, Alyssa Carbo, Carly McKenzie and Kayleigh Nix

The first time was the charm for Polytech High School students who attended the national FFA convention. They were the school’s first Animal Science students to compete in that forum, and they came away with awards for the team and for three individuals.

“Polytech students were proud to have won the state-level competition,” instructor Taryn Romanczak said. “The students worked so hard for this, and they represented our school and our state very well.”

The school’s Animal Science team was presented with a silver proficiency award. Individual students also were recognized: Hannah McCray won gold, Alyssa Carbo and Carly McKenzie won silver, and Kayleigh Nix won bronze.

FFA’s Veterinary Science Career Development Event tests each participant’s ability to apply veterinary science knowledge and skill in practical settings. Students are asked to identify breeds, parasites and equipment. They also complete written exams and respond to scenario questions about current topics in the veterinary industry. Teams present information to a panel of judges, explaining the roles and responsibilities of a veterinary team in a variety of situations that involve patients from companion animals to large animals.

The preparation for that rigor comes from Polytech’s two-year Animal Science program. It teaches the principles of science, anatomy and physiology, as well as medical terminology, preventive care, and disease diagnosis and treatments. Students care for a wide range of exotic and domestic animals in the classroom, including reptiles, cats, dogs, ferrets, rabbits, mice, and chinchillas. They can take advantage of college credits and articulation agreements with Centenary College, Delaware Valley University, and Harcum College. Animal Science program graduates are prepared for post-secondary studies in animal-related programs, or for direct entry into the workforce.

The 90th National FFA Convention & Expo was held Oct. 25 to 28 in Indianapolis, Ind. The National FFA Organization is the largest formal group representing career and technical students in the United States. Its annual convention features many educational activities that give FFA members the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations.

To learn more about Polytech’s Animal Science program, visit its web page.