As a student with big dreams, your scholarship is extremely important in attaining my goal of completing my education and positively impacting the lives of others through veterinary medicine. Thank you for your very generous gift and selecting me for the Targeting Excellence Scholarship.
As someone who plans to be both a large animal veterinarian and feedlot/cow-calf producer, I am incredibly vested in food animal production. To have healthy beef and dairy herds, it is important the demand for large animal veterinarians is met, and I hope to be part of the solution while providing quality veterinary care for cattle in Jackson and Clinton counties in the future. Over the past seven years, I have gained experience in providing excellent care for cattle. In June 2021, I visited the Iowa State Beef Teaching Farm with Dr. Brad Skaar, and ever since that visit, I wanted to contribute my skills and experience to their operation. Thankfully, I was hired as part of the Beef Teaching Farm staff in December 2021, and I am responsible for feeding 300+ head of Angus cattle including cow/calf pairs, heifers, bulls, and steers at four 50-acre pastures and 12 cattle yards. Additionally, I monitor the pastures for our rotational grazing program, check the cattle’s water, clean cattle yards, and bed cattle with cornstalk round bales. Through this position, I have demonstrated my strong work ethic by working the early morning shift three days a week and enduring below zero temperatures. My knowledge of how to operate machinery has led to the opportunity to train my co-workers about this important aspect of our cattle operation. On my family’s farm, I feed our 40 head of Angus crossbred feeder cattle, grind feed, bale hay, and make sure our cattle live in a clean, healthy environment. Moreover, I have hands-on experience working with numerous breeds of cattle through serving as a Large Animal Veterinary Assistant. In this role, I assist with cattle vaccinations, implants, worming, pouring, castration, and ear tags. I know that I am a valuable employee because now that I am in Ames some clients have requested that their cattle appointments be scheduled ?when Connor is home from college.? Furthermore, I have observed veterinarians while they semen check bulls, pregnancy check cows, perform postmortem exams, and treat sick calves. I am always looking for ways to learn more about cattle, and recently completing my Beef Quality Assurance Certifications in Feedyard, Cow/Calf, and Stocker was extremely helpful. After earning my Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, I hope to attend veterinary school at Iowa State University and earn my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Following graduation from veterinary school, I want to return to my hometown to work as a veterinarian at Becker Veterinary Clinic in Maquoketa. At our veterinary practice, I will provide quality care to both large and small animals, travel to farms helping our cattle and dairy clients, and assist with after-hours emergency calls. After working as a veterinarian with my dad, I hope to eventually take over Becker Veterinary Clinic and continue my dad’s legacy. In addition to being a veterinarian, I will raise cattle, possibly start a cow-calf operation, and grow corn and soybeans because I love farming and being part of the agriculture industry.