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When entering my master’s program at K-State in 2007, feed costs soared and we needed to learn how to feed co-products from biofuel production. Currently, antibiotic alternatives and gut health are prudent and necessary research topics. As researchers, we need to be connected with the industry and nimble enough in our research programs to meet the needs of an ever-evolving industry. For me, this application of academia to industry is the driving force to continue my education. I wish to deepen my knowledge of nutrition though additional learning and discovery. I felt that I needed to “press pause” on my career and put some new “tools in my toolbox” so I can better react to an ever-changing landscape. It is my goal that the skills and experiences gained through my PhD program will further enhance my career, my personal satisfaction, and ultimately, the global swine industry.
Upon completing my PhD, I look forward to returning to the swine industry. I would like to be a production nutritionist for a pig production or feed company or serve in a technical service roll for and ingredient company or other allied industry company. It is my goal to become an industry nutritionist and assist swine producers in finding solutions to biological and economic questions.
The ever-changing swine industry continually adopts new technologies to improve and refine production in a consumer driven market that demands high quality, safe pork. I have a sincere passion for the swine industry and a deep desire to return to it after graduate school. At the conclusion of my program, my goal is to be better equipped to provide meaningful service and resources to swine producers and the global swine industry.