The Targeting Excellence group has been an integral part of my success in animal agriculture. I want to express my gratitude for the commitment of everyone involved in the Targeting Excellence program. Without your continued support, pursuing a career in food animal agriculture would be much more challenging.
As I started to write this, I came to the realization my career goals have shifted quite a bit throughout my life. However, the one constant part of the plan has been food animal agriculture. I was born and raised on a dairy and beef farm. I have managed my own cattle there. For the longest time, I thought I would spend the rest of my life on that farm. While obtaining my DVM at UW – Madison I realized a passion for working with data and that side of animal health. I believe that as the technology used in food and fiber production increases exponentially, our industry will need people who understand both the animal and the technology. After coming to that conclusion I made the decision to enter a Ph.D. program at UW — Madison focusing on artificial intelligence, disease detection, and implementation of these technologies into animal health systems. My passion for the food animal industry has carried me through this journey. In particular, working with people directly in production systems, and the direct supporting industry has given me a strong desire to continue doing so following my Ph.D. I have had many wonderful professors and academic experiences, but the opportunity to work in industry and bring solutions to producers is something I am extremely passionate about. I would enjoy working for an animal-health focused company that sees the value in data, and how it can drive decisions, improve animal health, and increase profits simultaneously. I am excited about my future in food animal production. The more I learn, the more excited I am to bring this knowledge to production systems. I have had so many opportunities to grow and learn thanks to animal agriculture and I am sure the future holds so much more.