Helping furry friends look and feel fabulous while learning standards and practicing skills is on the class schedule for Thomas County Central High School Veterinary Science students.
The TCCHS FFA chapter recently received an FFA Grant for Growing totaling $4,692 to start an animal grooming service tied to the school’s CTAE Veterinary Science Pathway.
Dr. Nikki Smith, instructor and TCCHS FFA adviser said this grant helps make a dream reality.
“This has been a goal of mine since starting the Veterinary Science course/pathway in August 2017 and gaining industry certification in 2021,” she said. “I feel that my students will not only gain knowledge of veterinary science but gain confidence, learn teamwork skills, employability skills, and hopefully find joy in working with these animals.”
TCCHS CTAE Director Dr. Beth Adams said Nikki Smith is the perfect teacher for the school’s vet science pathway.
“She is always looking for ways to improve the program and provide students opportunities to participate in hands-on instruction,” Adams said.
Students like senior EmmaRae Smith, 18, are excited at the prospect of this firsthand option.