To all who make the Targeting Excellence scholarships happen – thank you so very much for your dedication and care for students. Your support of agriculture is immensely appreciated, and I’m very grateful to be a recipient of this award.
I became acquainted with large animal reproduction at a young age, as I frequently accompanied my veterinarian parents on farm calls to assist with calving and foaling dystocias. When I was nine and became involved in 4-H, my family began raising Belted Galloway cattle. Not having a large enough herd to support the expense of owning a bull, we relied on controlled internal drug release (CIDR) inserts and artificial insemination for breeding. I earned my state FFA degree raising and selling beef cattle and Boer goats. This year, I finally achieved my goal of introducing artificial insemination genetics into my Boer herd. When I graduate veterinary school, I hope to become proficient in bovine and small ruminant artificial insemination and embryo transfer. My career goal is to practice large animal medicine in rural Ohio. There is a great need for food animal veterinarians in this area, and I am passionate about the veterinarian’s role in supporting animal agriculture and a safe food supply. I hope to find a niche in providing ruminant reproductive services, while also practicing general large animal medicine.