Animal Systems

Careers within the animal science industry

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Zoetis Ensures Happy, Healthy Animals

If you’re passionate about pets or livestock and want to pursue a career related to animals, there are more than 500 options available to you. Many of those careers are available at Zoetis, the largest animal health company in the world, and a National FFA platinum sponsor. We’ve profiled three Zoetis professionals, showcasing just a... Read more »... Read more »
Blaine Lotz was a chapter president, competed in CDEs, has an outstanding SAE, and was a state Creed speaker. Impressive guy with a personality of a down-to-earth rancher. Blaine is a trained auctioneer went to school at 15 – has been working in Southeast Kansas all through high school, but last week he won the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship.

Fast Talking Man

Third-generation auctioneer Blaine Lotz of Edna, Kan., was almost born on an auction block. His mom, Carla, is an auctioneer and went into labor with Blaine 45 minutes after finishing an auction. “She auctioneered to me instead of singing lullabies,” says Lotz, now 22. “I learned to count by counting cattle.” Lotz’s grandfather was also... Read more »... Read more »
Anastasia Sturgis works with endangered birds for her FFA supervised agricultural experience program.

This Job’s for the Birds

Anastasia Sturgis of the Orlando-Colonial FFA Chapter in Florida has an unusual weekend hobby. Instead of hitting the mall or the beach like many teenage girls, Anastasia spends her Saturdays caring for rescued parrots, macaws and cockatoos at the Seminole County Parrot Rescue & Sanctuary in Geneva, Fla. Anastasia, a 2015 graduate from Colonial High... Read more »... Read more »
Alligator farm

Gator Girl

Most people are surprised when they learn what 20-year-old Chelsea Brooks of Christmas, Fla., does for a living. The quiet blonde who graduated from East River High School in 2013 raises alligators at Brooks Brothers Alligator Farm, a third-generation family business located near Orlando. Chelsea’s grandfather, Herman Brooks, started the alligator farm in 1969, and... Read more »... Read more »
Jared Knobbe

He’s Not Horsin’ Around

When Imperial, Ne., FFA member Jared Knobbe started a horseshoeing business as a supervised agricultural experience program (SAE) his sophomore year of high school, he had no idea that skill would eventually put him through college. Now a senior at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Jared continues to operate his horseshoeing business, JK Horseshoeing... Read more »... Read more »
Dogs walking

K9 to Five

When it comes to your dog, cat, hamster or maybe even pot-bellied pig, there’s no denying that pets are members of the family. Maybe you want to take it a step further and shape your career around pets. From nutrition and healthcare to grooming and clothing design, there’s an entire industry centered on pets. Bob... Read more »... Read more »
Katie with dairy cow

Pennsylvania FFA Member is Udderly Genius

Katie Osborne of Millerstown, Pa. may only be 19, but she’s already making an impact on the dairy industry. Now a freshman at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Greenwood High School FFA member grew up on a small dairy farm where she helped her mom, Irene, manage their herd of cattle while her... Read more »... Read more »
Veterinary Careers National FFA Veterinary Science CDE

Views on Veterinary Careers

Have you ever wanted to travel to space and work in the International Space Station? How about working in a laboratory and discovering a life-saving vaccine? What about spending your days working on a ranch with cattle, sheep or horses? If so, a career in the veterinary field may be what you are looking for.... Read more »... Read more »
animal careers

Creature Careers

Growing up, many children dream of becoming a fireman, ballerina or president of the United States. Other children know they want to dedicate their life to animals. While a veterinarian is the first animal-related career that comes to mind, there are plenty of other options available, according to Michele C. Hollow, a well-known animal lover... Read more »... Read more »
Bob Funk and FFA officers

Cattle Drive: An FFA Success Story

Growing up on a farm, Bob Funk learned the value in hard work from a young age. An active FFA member, he was taught discipline and to set goals, and later seized an opportunity to begin his own business. Through his persistence, Funk’s success has grown substantially, and today, he owns livestock company Express Ranches... Read more »... Read more »
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