I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the sponsors, board and committees of Targeting Excellence. I am incredibly grateful to have received this scholarship. The University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine has had an immense impact on my life and I could not be more grateful.
The wide variety of career opportunities within the veterinary profession encompasses a number of fields that interest me and ensure my confidence in my future as a veterinarian. I can blend my current abilities and interest in Spanish; people skills; dog whelping and training; as well as cow care, breeding, and research in order to blaze a path that energizes me every day. My primary career goal in veterinary medicine is to practice at a food animal-oriented clinic as an associate veterinarian with the ability to someday partner with the owners. Having thrived as a farmhand intern, I now feel my roll changing as I develop into a person who encourages growth and innovation in order to better farms. In a food animal practice, I want to take that progressive roll to a new level, facilitating understanding beyond language barriers and consulting farmers in novel problems that arise. I am cognizant of the need for nuanced problem-solving on farms and education for farmers as large animal medicine is ever-evolving with new technology and consumer focuses. Where farmers require forward thinking veterinarians to help with this transition, I’ll be there. Once established in my practice, I’d also like to give back to academia through scholarship, research, and mentorship. As I am thankful to all the doctors, professors, and farmers who have shared their knowledge and experience with me, I will strive to offer similar guidance for future generations to enrich the veterinary profession.