Franklin Resident Wins AVMA Award

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

A Franklin County FFA member is the recipient of a $500 American Veterinary Medical Association veterinary science award. 

Sara Rebecca Duncan of Franklin County  was named a finalist for the National FFA Organization’s proficiency award in Veterinary Science in the area of Entrepreneurship/Placement. 

She was one of only four who won this award at the national finals from Oct. 30 through Nov. 2 during the 86th National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, Kentucky. 

The AVMA awards $500 to three finalists and $1,000 to the national winner of the AVMA Veterinary Science – Entrepreneurship/Placement award through the FFA.

Duncan has been working as a veterinary assistant since her junior year of high school.

She said 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 AVMA 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 level. 

The award, sponsored by the AVMA, is a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

The national winner this year was Cayci Danielle Allison from an FFA Chapter in California.