Thank you so much to all the Targeting Excellence sponsors, board, and committees. Programs like this help me fund my education so that I can achieve my goal of becoming a large animal veterinarian.
As a veterinarian, I hope to impact my community in many ways both inside the clinic and outside of it. My main clinical professional goal is to bring high quality medicine into rural areas. I want to work in a mixed animal practice where I can serve both large and small animals. In small animal medicine, I feel very strongly about preventative medicine and I want to promote this to my clients as many conditions can be prevented or more successfully treated if they are caught early. This can be accomplished with better client education and thorough health screens starting early in life. In food animal medicine, I am particularly interested in milk quality and how we can further control the incidence of mastitis. On farm, I hope to contribute insights into milking procedures and milking equipment use. I am also interested in animal welfare and how we can implement improvements on farm without sacrificing production or efficiency.
In addition to my role as a clinician, I hope to use my status as a veterinarian to further impact my community by providing educational events and helping with youth programs. I grew up participating in 4-H, and I hope to give back to this program as a veterinarian. Agriculture is an important part of every rural society, and youth are the future of that lifestyle. Supporting and contributing to their education will help enhance the future of agriculture.