I am extremely thankful to have been selected for the Targeting Excellence Scholarship. Thank you for taking the time to read my application. I look forward to using the scholarship to pay tuition, attend extracurricular activities, and veterinary conferences. Without this award I would not be able to financially afford to seek out these additional opportunities.
Following graduation, I want to enter private practice with a large or mixed animal clinic. I have a very strong interest in dairy practice, but I am also interested in other facets of bovine medicine. My absolute dream job would be working within the state of WI with proactive dairy farms, helping them improve their farms productivity, profitability, and animal welfare. In the future, I would like to have an opportunity to be a part owner of the practice I work for and to use the skills I gained from the Veterinary Business Management Association meetings. With the rapidly changing dairy and beef industry, the veterinarian’s role is changing. To keep up with the industry changes, I have and continue to work on skills that make myself a great candidate for clinics looking for individuals to fill a certain niche within their practice. Some of the current areas that I want to pursue or specialize in are dairy consulting, small ruminant medicine, milk quality, and advanced bovine reproduction. I plan on being a member and becoming certified by the American Embryo Transfer Association(AETA) and hope to do some embryo transfer work. Along with the AETA, I want to be involved with other groups and organizations within the field of large animal veterinary medicine. I am currently a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, Society of Theriogenology, Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, and wish to continue to be a member to these organizations throughout my career. Staying active and up to date with the new issues veterinarians face and combating them will be an integral part of the next generation of veterinarians. With new laws and farm bills, government support, continuing education, and representation in the government sector is essential to the success and future of our occupation. After I have practiced for several years, I would be interested in serving on the officer team for the local veterinary medical association.