(SCHAUMBURG, Ill.) November 19, 2013—A first place $1,000 American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Veterinary Science – Entrepreneurship/Placement Award was presented to Cayci Danielle Allison of Lemoore, Calif during the 86th National FFA Organization convention in Louisville, Ky. Three finalists—Jenna Rachelle Bogner of Labette County, Kansas; Lucretia Marlyn Mills of Cisne, Ill.; and Sara Rebecca Duncan of Franklin County, Ga.—received $500 awards.
From left: Jenna Rachelle Bogner of Labette County, Kansas; Lucretia Marlyn Mills of Cisne, Ill.; and Sara Rebecca Duncan of Franklin County, Ga.; Cayci Danielle Allison of Lemoore, Calif.; AVMA President-elect Dr. Ted Cohn; Dr. Barbara Schmidt, AVMA treasurer; Dr. Michael Whitehair, AVMA Executive Board member.
Allison was named a national winner for the National FFA Organization’s national proficiency award in Veterinary Science – Entrepreneurship/Placement at the national finals held Oct. 30 through Nov. 2 during the 86th national FFA convention and expo in Louisville, Ky.
Allison has dreamt of becoming a veterinarian since she was a child. She has worked at a local veterinary clinic for the past four years. Allison plans on pursuing an advanced degree in veterinary medicine.
The AVMA presented the three finalists for the award with $500 and a plaque. The three finalists were:
Jenna Rachelle Bogner of Labette County, Kansas has worked with both companion animals and large animals at two veterinary businesses in her area, a pet hospital and a veterinary service. Bogner has gained significant experience in both large and small animal care. She hopes to pursue an advanced degree in veterinary medicine.
Lucretia Marlyn Mills of Cisne, Ill. plans to pursue a career as a veterinary technician. Mills became interested in veterinary medicine at the age of 3 when her family took their dog to the local animal clinic. At the age of 16, she landed a summer job at that clinic, and the job soon became permanent.
Sara Rebecca Duncan of Franklin County, Ga. has been working as a veterinary assistant since her junior year of high school. She was drawn to the position because it offered the possibility of working not only with dogs and other pets but also wildlife, like hawks and deer that the clinic occasionally treats.
Proficiency awards recognize outstanding student achievement in agribusiness gained through establishment of a new business, working for an existing company or otherwise gaining hands-on career experience. The Veterinary Science – Entrepreneurship/Placement Award is one of 49 proficiency program areas in which FFA members can participate to develop valuable experience and leadership skills at the local, state and national levels.
The award is sponsored by the AVMA, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.