Brianna McAleese

Brianna McAleese

Thank you so much for the award, this is an amazing opportunity that I am so grateful to even have been considered for. I will keep up the hard work and hope to continue to dive even deeper into my love for food animal medicine.

Awards Received

2021 Undergraduate Award (North Carolina)

Hometown:

Hometown:

Raleigh, NC

School:

School:

North Carolina State University

Major:

Major:

Animal Science

Career Goals:

Career Goals:

If you asked me about my career goals during the summer before starting college, I would have told you I was going to be a small animal veterinarian. I grew up in a city in New Jersey, where I struggled to find my calling and any type of career I was interested in. I finally settled on the goal of becoming a veterinarian with the assumption that it meant I would be working with cats and dogs. Once I started college, I got involved with the Animal Science Club and saw sign-ups for beef cattle showing. I signed up without even know what showing a heifer entailed. I had absolutely no idea what a big part of my life it would become. After slowly gathering more and more exposure with cattle, I knew things were changing for me. I found myself wrapped up in a whole new culture, and couldn’t get enough of it. Fast forward to nearly three years later and my career goals have shifted. I am now an NC State Food Animal Scholar Alternate, and plan to attend vet school with a focus on food animal medicine. I couldn’t see myself doing anything else.