To the TE Board, Sponsors, and Committee:
I want to extend my deepest gratitude to all who sponsored and organized this generous scholarship! Students in agriculture are incredibly lucky to have opportunities like the Targeting Excellence award to help cover the ever-growing cost of education. As a rising fourth year veterinary student, this award will go directly toward my final year of tuition at Penn Vet. Not only will this ease the burden of my student debt, it will enable me to pursue extra training in production animal medicine during my clinical year rotations. These experiences require travel to rural areas across the U.S. and Canada and will be critical to my preparation for a career of service to the beef and dairy producers that provide us with a safe and affordable food supply. Again, thank you so much for your support of students and the future of animal agricultural industries.
Following graduation from Penn Vet, I hope to start working at a multi-doctor, bovine-predominant or bovine only practice. I am currently more focused on finding a practice that will best fit my career goals and less concerned with working in a particular geographic location. Due to my interest in both beef and dairy, I would prefer to find a practice that serves both cow-calf and dairy producers. However, I will gladly begin my career at any clinic that practices or has the potential to practice progressive bovine medicine. More specifically, I hope to find colleagues who are willing to accept the changing needs of their clients and are prepared to adapt their services to meet those needs. My main goal as a bovine veterinarian is to see farmers stay in business for generations to come by helping them optimize the health and welfare of their herds to maximize their profitability. I would love to say that I’ll accomplish this by starting, say, an IVF program at any practice I work at, but that’s not the approach I wish to take. I believe my observations on the farm, communication with clients, and needs of the community and industry will most effectively direct the changes I’ll bring to the practice, whether that’s pursuing further training in rangeland nutrition, developing an in-house milk quality lab or anything in between. Eventually, I plan to buy in to or open my own bovine-predominant practice. As a practice owner and veterinarian, I plan to serve as an active leader in both my rural community and the community of bovine practitioners. By working with future veterinarians and 4-H and FFA groups, my practice will provide mentorship to the next generation of people in agriculture. I look forward to a career of lifelong learning and hard work for America’s farmers. Facing the challenges of the always changing dairy and beef industries is what excites me most about this profession and I know that will drive my future success as a bovine veterinarian.