Thank you to everyone involved in this generous scholarship! I am so grateful for the sponsors, board of directors and state committees for all of the hard work that has been put in for the benefit of myself and many other students. I sincerely appreciate being recognized by those in the livestock industries, it is great encouragement that my career.
Hometown: Columbus, OH
School: Ohio State University
Major / Species: Veterinary Medicine
Career Goals: After graduation from vet school, my career goal is to be a food animal exclusive practitioner, and devote the majority of my work to dairy cattle. With an average of around 4% of each class graduating from Ohio State University choosing this specialty, I represent a small but important voice for both veterinary medicine and the American people. I am interested in moving to a rural community and working for farmers every day, while mentoring and encouraging the next generation of students to pursue food animal medicine. I have worked on dairy farms, for USDA Veterinary Services, conducted research on periparturient immunity of cattle, and have been exposed to countless farms while on externships with food animal veterinarians in Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, New York and in Canada. My plans for the upcoming summer including five two-week externships in California, Arizona and Texas, which will provide me with a diverse understanding of dairy farming throughout the country. My commitment to food animals is evident through my work ethic, and my experiences will provide a solid foundation to serve dairy farmers when I graduate. Through my extensive experience with beef and dairy cattle, swine, small ruminants and their caretakers and veterinarians, I understand how livestock farms operate, manage their animals, and produce safe and wholesome products for the American people. However, I was raised outside Columbus, Ohio and my family is many generations removed from farming and agricultural communities. This gives me a unique outlook on the current issues facing the agricultural industries. I have answered many concerns over the years about how modern food animals are fed, housed, treated with medications, and handled. My urban upbringing allows me to understand the confusion many Americans have with how their food is raised, because I remember the learning curve I worked so hard to overcome. I think a proactive, transparent approach to communication with how livestock is raised will be more effective than a historically reactive approach taken by the agricultural industries. I intend to use my connection to the urban demographic and my passion for the livestock industries to improve the communication in any way that I can throughout my career, and encourage those who were not raised on a farm to pursue such a rewarding career.