It both a pleasure and an honor to graciously thank the Targeting Excellence Scholarship Award Sponsors, Board, and Committees in their commitment and dedication to supporting the future professionals of the food animal agriculture industry. Without your efforts, my education would not be possible!
I grew up showing livestock and working at a mixed practice animal clinic, so I had extensive livestock experience. This industry is where I have found myself, and this industry is where I intend to stay. My ultimate goal is to give back to the livestock industry in which I discovered my passion. I plan on doing this by first completing my bachelor’s degree in agriculture, and continuing my education further in the field of veterinary medicine. As a veterinarian, I plan to work primarily with food animals. I am intrigued by preventative and internal medicine because of my experiences raising livestock, creating vaccine protocols, and my shadowing and employment experiences. Because of this interest, I intend to take it to the next level as a veterinarian. Here at Ohio State, in the little amount of time that I have been here, I have been blessed to learn so much within the world of animal science. I have discovered so many possibilities of specialties that I previously had no knowledge of. I expect these experiences to only increase and extend deeper as I continue on this journey. Because of this, while I feel that it is vital to have specific goals, I also feel that it is equally important to maintain an open mind and accept new interests and experiences as they come. Although I do have specific goals of pursuing preventative and internal medicine, I understand that my future experiences could potentially impact these aspirations.