Thank you very much for your support and dedication to the Targeting Excellence scholarship program! I am so honored to be selected and look forward to entering the animal agriculture workforce in just over a year. This scholarship is a huge help in allowing me to focus on my education and prepare to be a successful swine veterinarian. Your contributions, both monetarily and temporally, are so appreciated! Thanks again!
My family has been involved in agriculture since I was young, and they passed their interest in livestock on to me. Therefore, my true passion lies in production animal medicine. I’ve had the opportunity to focus on swine medicine in several capacities. Although I thoroughly enjoyed each of my positions, I found that I was most energized while doing on-farm research trials and working with producers. Looking into the future, I hope to become a partner in a swine-specific veterinary practice that understands the importance of field research and innovation; both for a successful business and for making progress in the industry. I am currently enrolled in a Master’s program in veterinary preventive medicine that will equip me to be successful in a career with these characteristics. Additionally, I have a passion for teaching and educating the public, which I would like to incorporate into my career. Whether I find myself in private practice, research, pharmaceuticals, industry, or academia, I will continue to strive for improvement in veterinary medicine and animal production.