Bailee Bortz

Bailee Bortz

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Awards Received

2022 Graduate Award (Iowa)
2020 Undergraduate Award (Iowa)

Hometown:

Hometown:

Rudd, IA

School:

School:

Iowa State University

Major:

Major:

Veterinary Medicine

Career Goals:

Career Goals:

As the 6th generation to live on my small town family farm, I learned at an early age what it meant to have a strong work ethic. I knew from a very young age what I wanted to do with my life; my love for animals came above everything. For second grade career day, I put on green scrubs and used safety pins to attach pictures of animals to them. For me, becoming a veterinarian is not something I woke up one day and decided to do, it’s something I’ve worked towards my whole life. I spent hours as a young girl, watching as a number of different vets would come to work cattle or pull kids. Even while I was attending college, I was still continuing my animal experience by working as an animal caretaker at the university I was attending. I saw first hand the array of people attending vet school, but I learned something really important while taking this into account, being a vet requires the ability to communicate. I met many people that lack the people skills required to be a good vet. They were all highly intelligent and probably graduated with a higher GPA¬†than I did, but they lacked the interpersonal skills, the compassion, and the empathy it takes to work with clients and patients. This is something I bring with me to the veterinary world. I am very personable, hard working, and understanding. Through having different jobs, I have seen all aspects of the veterinary science world. I have shadowed and worked in facilities that do the hands on patient care, raised my own livestock, teaching me how important animal health is, done research, and worked in a biologics facility manufacturing and testing animal vaccines. All of these are attributes to the working world of veterinary medicine today. Due to my most recent employment I have spent lots of time working with chickens, and learning what chickens have to offer us. This has sparked a real interest within me. I have learned that their blood can be used for disease tests, their body parts can be used to make vaccines, and their eggs can be used to do disease research. If possible, I would like to continue my education into the world of poultry, and learn more about the versatile things that can be done with their commodities. I have a wide background in many things, from laboring on the farm and learning to work until the job is done, to doing research where you have to slow down and articulate what is happening. I have learned how to perform under pressure, and also to slow down and take all variables into account. I want to contribute my wide skill set, from communication to performance, to the amazing world of veterinary medicine that I fell in love with before I can even remember.