Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart to the Targeting Excellence sponsors, board, and committees. Veterinary school is expensive and the financial support you’ve provided me is beyond generous. Thanks to you, I am one step closer to my dream of supporting our nation’s dairy industry in such a meaningful way through veterinary medicine.
My goal is to be a veterinarian, as I will be attending Penn Vet this coming fall. My primary reason for pursuing a V.M.D. degree is to serve our nation’s dairy industry. I am extremely passionate about this industry, especially the farmers who I have much respect and admiration for. I believe I have the capacity to best serve this industry in the role of veterinarian as I have enjoyed and excelled in many of the subjects which form the foundation of the veterinary profession during my years as an undergraduate. These include biology, biochemistry, microbiology, reproduction, nutrition, genetics, and agribusiness management to name a few. While I know that being a veterinarian is not easy, I know that God rewards a life of hard work, and I believe that through my toil I will be giving back to the world more than I am taking from it, an honor that does not come to all men. Ultimately, I want to see dairy farmers excel and enjoy a profitable livelihood through herd health management and maintenance of animal welfare. Because of these things, I am primarily interested in working with dairy cattle, with side interests in small-ruminants and beef cattle. After graduation, I would like to work in a private ambulatory practice that serves primarily dairy clientele. I would prefer to work in Pennsylvania or a neighboring state in the long-term, but I am open to working elsewhere after graduation in order to gain more diverse experiences.