Thank you Targeting Excellence Sponsors, Board and Committee members for taking the time and effort to make this scholarship possible for so many young professionals. Without your support, this would not be possible. I am honored to be a recipient of this award. With the financial support from this scholarship, aiding in relieving the burden owed on student loans I will be able to move back home to an area where the demand for food animal veterinarians is continually increasing. All while pursuing my lifelong goal of owning and operating an embryo clinic. I greatly appreciate all your time and continued support. Thank you!
DVM’ to most is just three letters, but to me a lifetime goal. Born on a diversified beef cattle operation in Ohio, my passion for industry and specifically animal care led me to Kansas State University to pursue an undergraduate degree at one of the premier animal science programs in the nation and then to The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. I knew the curriculum at Kansas State offered everything I would need to pursue that goal. Just as importantly, I was intrigued by the opportunities for campus leadership and a chance to compete on multiple nationally recognized teams. Participation on Dairy, Meat, Livestock Meat Evaluation and Livestock Judging Teams, along with campus and American Junior Simmental Association leadership, have solidified my life plan of being a veterinarian. While being a part of numerous judging teams allowed me to travel extensively and be awarded numerous achievements, I never lost sight of the obligations that I had to fulfill in the classroom to continue my education. Nevertheless, these opportunities have allowed me to grow outside of the classroom, gaining important virtues needed to excel in any career while building a prevalent network of industry professionals. I plan to fulfill my interest in bovine reproduction and work with cattle producers to help their herd’s breeding needs. Upon receiving my DVM from The Ohio State University in 2024 I plan to move back to rural Ohio and open a bovine embryology clinic, running donors and calving recipient cows. In an ever growing society there is a need for producing livestock efficiently and multiplying the best genetics, advanced reproductive technologies allows us to do both and I hope that with new technology I can be at the forefront helping to move the livestock and meat industries forward with a career in veterinary medicine. Today, I am a better advocate for a diverse and ever changing industry. Today, I’m more employable with management life skills from my extensive involvement in animal agriculture. Now more than ever, I know my future is in veterinary medicine.