Alison West

Alison West

I am honored to be selected as a recipient of the 2020 Targeting Excellence Bachelor Scholarship Award for the state of Ohio. I express my deepest gratitude to those who organized and sponsored this generous scholarship. Opportunities like Targeting Excellence provides students in agriculture the opportunity to cover the ever-increasing cost of education.

I will use this award to cover my tuition costs as I complete my final year of studying animal science at The Ohio State University. I will be applying to veterinary school with hopes of pursuing my life-long dream of becoming a food animal veterinarian.

Thank you for creating this wonderful organization that believes and invests in future agriculture!

Awards Received

2020 Undergraduate Award (Ohio)

Hometown:

Hometown:

Nelsonville, OH

School:

School:

Ohio State University

Major:

Major:

Animal Science

Career Goals:

Career Goals:

I want to pursue a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from an accredited college in the United States. I find that the field of veterinary medicine has many avenues that an aspiring veterinarian can choose from, having grown up on a beef cattle farm in southeastern Ohio, my passion lies in the area of food animal production and medicine. To me, growing up on a farm was much more than just obtaining food and helping feed others. The farm gave me roots, but more importantly, it gave me wings, direction, grit, and passion. I spent most of my days tending to our cattle, helping my dad in the hayfield, and exhibiting market animals at our county fair as a 4H member. As an aspiring food animal veterinarian, I plan to give back to the community that gave so much to me. I want to engage in activities that teach our society about the importance of agriculture, with an emphasis on food animals. I plan to take on this goal by conducting quality assurance for local 4H youth and develop a veterinary client-patient relationship to ensure a safe food source. As our society continues to urbanize and move farther from the farm, I feel it is important to work directly with children and parents with an interest in food animal agriculture on informing them of the best ways to provide care for their animals as they may lack previous exposure or follow outdated protocols. I want to develop a one health initiative within my community, meaning that I work with human healthcare providers, local farmers, and schools to create a healthy society for all living creatures and future generations. I would like to teach my community about the risks of zoonotic diseases and work directly with human physicians in treating and preventing outbreaks. I would also like to assist local farmers in developing a herd healthcare plan and developing biosecurity protocols to reduce exposure and spread of zoonotic diseases. I want my clients and patients to feel valued and receive the best care financially and ethically possible, rather than feel as if they are a number when they visit me. Through my experience, while working with veterinarians in Athens, Ohio, which is known as one of the poorest counties in Ohio, I have discovered we have patients who would use what little money they had to provide care for their animals. Meaning if they had to give up groceries, they would. As a veterinarian, I would like to work with those families by initiating affordable preventative care and working with tools that could reduce the cost of their care. And most importantly, I would like to have the tools to provide ambulatory care for rural families. Athens and all of southeastern Ohio are severely lacking in terms of veterinarians who are available to provide this resource. I would like to make a difference and become the veterinarian I have needed and dreamed of.