I would like to thank all of the sponsors and members of the boards and committees who work hard to develop the funds for the scholarships and make the hard decisions on who should be awarded scholarships.
Growing up on a small farm raising sheep and cattle, I grew a fond love for animal care and veterinary medicine; experiencing both the joys and discomforts of raising live stock. I felt the joys of new life, successful recoveries; but the pain from a still born lamb, a calf that drowned and the pain of putting an animal down. I have also had the joy of raising beagle puppies and kittens. Through all of this I was motivated to become a veterinarian to serve my community and the field of agriculture in the best way I feel possible; animal care. My goal is to practice as a mixed animal veterinarian focusing more on large/food animals. I would like to practice in my home town of Wooster or other counties in Ohio where there is a need for a large animal veterinarian and a loan repayment program. I believe that being a mixed animal vet makes you a more diverse person, allowing you to serve not only the farming community on a production scale, but also on a companion animal scale. Companion animals play a large role in the health and well-being of farmers and may even play a greater working role on the farm. It would also allow me to serve those in the community without large animals and I feel it makes you more employable. Eventually I would like to start my own practice or acquire an existing practice. It’s been proven that veterinarians are getting harder to find, especially for food animals. My primary goal is to be able to serve the farming community as a vet. I want to educate farmers on diseases, prevention and treatment, leading to better health, well being and production on every farm that I serve; while also treating small animals within the community. I would like to ensure that each of my clients is educated to the best of my ability on what is wrong with their animal, how to treat and even prevent it in the future. Lastly, I want to continue the family tradition of raising sheep and cattle by eventually having my own farm to raise livestock and a family.