I would like to sincerely thank you for your generous donation as this scholarship will go toward tuition and fees to help me reach my end goal of veterinary school and earning my DVM. The costs of higher education are very expensive and having the opportunity to offset some of these is very much appreciated.
Throughout this experience, I have learned that my passion has remained in the producing and caring for beef and swine. I live in a rural area of Iowa and am surrounded by row crops, cow calf operations, and feedlots. I currently work for a veterinarian, Doctor James E. Seaton, and have since 2014. Dr. Seaton has a focus on beef cattle and salebarn work, and I have been able to expand my learning and interests while under his employment.
Throughout my experience with Dr. Seaton, I have gained more knowledge about animals, communication, and leadership skills, as well as punctuality and responsibility. We worked at the salebarn in addition to attending many farm visits where I perform greentagging, identification, posting, and emergency calls such as calf pulling and uterine prolapses. The majority of our work is away from the sale barn and involves several large (250-800 head) feedlots. I feel that feedlot work is an area in the industry that I could excel at because there are so many opportunities for jobs, and even more opportunities to improve the nutrition, genetics, and health of food animals.
While working at the salebarn, I have had the opportunity to interact with cattle traders from across the country, feedlot managers, breeders, and showers. All of these people may come from very different backgrounds, but they all have one thing in common: to produce healthy animals to get the best product possible. Within the beef cattle industry, one of the most vital relationships is between the owner and their veterinarian. My projected career path includes regulating health papers for animals crossing state borders, prescribing correct dosages of medications and recommending the correct implants, eliminating many health problems within a feedlot, and creating a close client relationship in order to provide the best care in whatever style of operation they are managing. Healthy cattle leads to higher quality meat products, which leads to a better public perspective, which leads to an improvement of all aspects.
During the summer entering my senior year of undergraduate study, I plan to apply to the veterinary school at Iowa State. I intend to stay in southwest Iowa to practice and educate the community and farmers in raising healthier animals that produce better and greater quantities of product. I have been interested in becoming a veterinarian since the fourth grade and have always wanted to combine my passion for animals with helping people as well. This is one of the reasons that I have been so involved with rodeo and agriculture. Being involved with these activities have allowed me to reach out into the community and teach them more about safety, handling, and proper care of animals.
During veterinary school, I will declare a large animal track that will allow me to focus more intently on livestock production and procedures. After graduating with my DVM, I will move back to Southwest Iowa to work under the supervision of a senior veterinarian until I am able to purchase or start my own large animal clinic. I have not yet decided if I want to specialize in feedlot medicine or cow-calf medicine, or if I would rather continue doing both.