I want to express my gratitude for all of those involved with the Targeting Excellence scholarship award. Your continued support has allowed me to pursue educational opportunities that would otherwise have been financially unattainable. I am proud to be studying production animal medicine and plan to use my education to drive improvements in agriculture and give back to those in my community.
Following my graduation from the UW – School of Veterinary Medicine in May of 2020 I intend to focus on dairy and beef cattle production medicine. While in school I have completed specialized training and research in assisted reproduction and have obtained a certificate in In- Vitro Collection and Embryo Production from UW – Madison. I also manage genomics, synchronization, and mating for my family’s dairy. I hope to use this knowledge to provide advanced reproductive services and consultation options to clients who are looking to improve their herd’s genetics and profitability. With intense genetic selection combined with a high-quality reproduction programs, herds can quickly recognize improvements in milk production, health traits and many other desirable outcomes.
I have spent much of my time in undergraduate and vet school working with various research project including independent research on IVF embryo’s as a Dairy Science major, calf health trials through all of vet school, and most recently helping to develop computer learning models for visual cow ID and automatic lameness scoring. I plan to take this same attitude in to practice with me where I can employ it by working with companies to test and field trial their newest projects and plans. Using data sharing I can hope to make my clients more successful along with providing valuable new data to companies.
In addition to my veterinary education, I am currently taking online business classes with the plan to complete my MBA following vet school. In a world with increasingly tightening margins it is not simply enough to be a skilled clinician to maximize client’s success and profitability. I believe that a strong financial background will be extremely important when helping clients make decisions as we can effectively calculate the true present value of a decision and its lasting effects.
While the professional aspects of my career are extremely important to me, the opportunity to help others using my specialized knowledge may be even more rewarding. Having spent a significant amount of time in my youth participating in 4-H events, it only seems right to share my talents with young people sharing a learning a learning adventure. The opportunity to help shape the young minds of our world is inspiring. I hope to use this skill set to change lives not just in 4-H, but FFA, schools, and anywhere else I can work with young people.
As I plan my career in food animal medicine and business I am surrounded by opportunities and ideas. One of the most important things I have realized is the value of saying yes. Some of my greatest opportunities have appeared simply by being in the right place and saying yes, even when I was tempted to say no. I will continue this mindset throughout my career and in doing so I hope to meet many new people and be exposed to the endless opportunities in food animal agriculture.