Thomas Duff

Thomas Duff

2017 Scholarship Recipient - Graduate Award (Minnesota)

2016 Scholarship Recipient - Bob Christensen Award (Minnesota)

2015 Scholarship Recipient - Bob Christensen Award (Minnesota)

Thank you for all the time, effort, and monetary support that you provide to Targeting Excellence. This is my fourth year receiving a scholarship through Targeting Excellence, and I am very grateful for the support that I have received from this scholarship program. In addition to the monetary support that I have received from this scholarship program, I have also had the opportunity to engage in networking opportunities that will be beneficial in my future. I enjoy the opportunity to interact with leaders within the food animal agriculture industry. The support for students pursing degrees related to food animal production is encouraging, and I look forward to my career in food animal veterinary medicine.

Hometown: Hampton, MN

School: University of Minnesota

Major / Species: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Career Goals: I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science/Pre-vet and will graduate this spring. I have gained early acceptance into the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine through the VetFAST program, and I will begin vet school in the fall of 2017. In vet school, I will follow a food animal production track. After becoming a veterinarian my goal is to obtain a job in rural Minnesota, where I plan to work with food producing animals, while placing an emphasis on cattle. After establishing a reputation, I would like to someday open my own veterinary practice. I am pursuing a degree in veterinary medicine because I enjoy working with farm animals. I grew up on a small beef farm, and I have been very active within the beef industry through FFA, 4-H, and the MN Jr Limousin Association. Having shown and raised cattle for the past 14 years, I have gained a lot of knowledge about animal health. My interest in beef production also led me to become a certified bovine A.I. technician, and I have used these skills for the breeding of my own beef herd. Work experiences have also helped further my knowledge regarding food animal production and have affirmed my desire to become a veterinarian. My internship with Riverview LLP and Wulf Cattle provided hands-on experiences and knowledge regarding large scale beef and dairy production systems. My employment at the University of Minnesota Beef Research and Outreach Center has provided me the opportunity to become more involved in research studies, and I have gained a greater knowledge of different management options for beef production systems. These experiences have provided me with knowledge and technical skills that I will be able to utilize as a pursue my DVM. My work in the classroom has also provided a great amount of knowledge that I have applied both at work and on my own herd. The livestock industry has given me a great appreciation for large animal vets, and the beef industry sparked my interest in pursuing this career. After spending many hours riding along and assisting large animal veterinarians, I can truly see myself working in this field. A shortage of food animal veterinarians has emerged across the nation. Not enough veterinary students are training to work with dairy cows, beef cattle, swine, poultry, sheep, and goats. This situation presents a great opportunity for me to obtain a job after graduation working with food animals.