Vet Science Senior Wins State Fair Grand Champion
Jera Jordan, a senior from Springboro in the Warren County Career Center Veterinary Science program, realized her dream this summer by reaching a pinnacle of 4H achievement – Grand Champion at the Ohio State Fair.
“I have worked toward this my entire 4H career,” she said. “I began 4H at eight years old, and did my first vet science project in sixth or seventh grade. I got my first trophy the summer of eighth grade. This summer, I took Grand Champion for 4H Veterinary Science III, senior project, On the Cutting Edge level.”
Jera illustrated spaying and neutering pets by using a stuffed dog that she filled with model internal organs such as ovaries and kidneys. She demonstrated surgery procedures for the 4H judges and also had a poster about the importance of spaying and neutering.
Along with her busy senior year at WCCC and with her Clover Canines 4H Club, she works part-time at The Vet in Springboro and at Frisch’s in Lebanon. She also helps take care of the animals in the Veterinary Science Lab over weekends and holidays.
“My plan after graduation is to go to Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster, which is a two-year college, and then transfer to Ohio State into vet school,” she said. “I want to be veterinarian, and work with both large and small animals, and eventually own my own practice.”
Over her years in 4H, she has shown pigs, cattle, and dogs, and has done cooking projects, including grilling and global gourmet. Currently, she is learning about livestock judging and has been training in preparation for a possible trip to Kansas City this fall for the American Royal Livestock Show. She says her decision to enroll in the WCCC Veterinary Science program has helped her find a career direction and a solid path to further education to get there.
“At first, I was only interested in practicing medicine on large animals, but (Instructor) Mrs. Peloe said I need to have a broader experience than that to be successful in a career in veterinary medicine,” she said. “I decided to enroll at the career center because it would put me ahead of the curve at college, and I can be ahead of others applying to work as an assistant to a vet. I grew up on a farm. I have been charged by a cow. It doesn’t scare me. I halter-break my own calves, and I am used to being around large animals. I am still getting used to being around exotic animals. The geckos are OK, but I am not so comfortable yet around snakes.”
As to her experience at WCCC, she says she likes the classes, and loves the atmosphere of being around a professional veterinary practice in her lab. The lab work is “really hard,” she says, but she puts in the time and practices with quizlets to get ready for exams.
“At the career center, I had new experiences in caring for animals in my junior year,” she said. “Our field trip to see behind the scenes at the Newport Aquarium was the coolest ever. It was a great year. I feel like I fit in here. The teachers worked one on one with me. I am looking forward to my senior year internship, visiting MedVet critical care hospital, and gaining more education. All of this will make it easier when I get older, and go into college and beyond.”
Jera has a family history with WCCC. Her Grandfather, Joe Black, taught at WCCC and her mother, Stephanie Jordan, completed the WCCC Paralegal program. She said her grandfather was excited when he found out she was going to attend.