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Burnet FFA Member Paves a Path in Animal Rehabilitation from Experience and Passion    
Thursday, April 20, 2023 | Author: Tori Rosser, Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas

A brush with injury and a passion for animals paved the path for Riley Arrington's successful Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE). 

"I have a great love of caring for animals, so naturally, my career goal is to be an Animal Rehabilitation Specialist," said Arrington. I am able to help them using noninvasive technology."

The Burnet FFA member learned about MagnaWave therapy as a solution to one of her horses' medical issues and then her injury. 

"My mare, Lucy, started producing abscesses for several months," said Arrington. "We called on Valinda Bailey, a top technician for MagnaWave, to treat her. I saw how successful the MagnaWave treatment was on Lucy. When I broke my arm, Valinda was the first person I called."

Arrington also credits her Livestock Production class with improving her animal anatomy and behaviors knowledge beyond her MagnaWave certification. 

"I completed the online training for horses, but I now understand the anatomy of sheep, goats, swine, and cattle, and I can better understand the treatment practices used in the training videos," said Arrington. "I can maximize my results on show animals which have helped increase my clientele."

As her accomplishments in treating local horses and livestock have grown, so has her clientele. 

"To [my clientele], I had to improve my business management skills," said Arrington. "My agriculture class taught me the importance of starting and running a business efficiently and effectively, along with my mom's advice to always provide outstanding customer service. A satisfied customer is a returning customer, and they will support you by word-of-mouth advertisement."

Arrington's experience operating her MagnaWave PEMF business has taught her the importance of a supportive professional network.
"As a small business owner, I have learned about the impact one person can have," said Arrington. "I have had the opportunity to meet so many people who helped me with training and increased my knowledge of ways to run a small business over the last year and a half. Each person has made a difference in how I run my business, from how to use social media to promote my business appropriately to where to get velcro zip ties to hold my rings together." 

Through these connections, she has learned skills that benefit her business and beyond.

"I've also learned how to communicate clearly and in a positive manner with my customers. Good customer service is vital for small businesses as your best form of advertisement is word of mouth." 

Arrington's successful SAE project was recognized as the Star Chapter in Agribusiness at the 2022 Texas FFA State Convention.

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