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In the Companion Animal Science Career Development Event (CDE), students working in teams demonstrate their technical competency with companion animals by completing a written exam, critical-thinking scenario questions, identifications and hands-on practicums.


This Minnesota-only event is designed to assess student knowledge, application, analytical, and evaluation abilities, in the area of small animal care, veterinary skills, and pet store management. Students advance to the National competition in the Veterinary Science CDE.

Expectations at Convention for Companion Animal Science
  • CDE held inside, mainly sitting in a theater

  • Students will be viewing slides, reading questions, scenarios & diagrams/pictures

What SHOULD students bring? (Tools/equipment/materials)
  • 2 #2 pencils 

  • Clean Clipboard

What can students NOT BRING for themselves? 
  • Breed ID lists

What will get a student/team? 
  • Talking to other students 

  • Sitting next to chapter members

  • Electronic device use

What will be provided by the event?
  • Calculator 

  • Breed/Specie ID Lists

  • All other practicum ID lists

  • Blank paper (if desired for problem solving or math problems)

  • Appropriate calculator for each students participating

Past Event Details

2021 Identification

2021 Small Animals Exam

2021 Practicums

2021 Small Animals Key

2021 Materials to duplicate


For your specific questions contact:


Dennis (BJ) Bjorklund

Minnesota FFA CDE Coordinator


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