Thank you to the Targeting Excellence sponsors, board, and committees for making this scholarship possible and supporting students like me who hope to make an impact on food animal production for the future. Food Animal medicine is what I am blessed to work in everyday and it is amazing that people like you support this and help make it possible for me to go through Veterinary School.
When I take time to reflect on my life so far and the people and experiences that have shaped me into the person that I am today, I realize that my goal of and love for the veterinary profession has transformed considerably over the years. As is the case for many people pursuing this career, I have always loved caring for animals and have been involved in animal agriculture my whole life, but it has evolved to have community-driven purpose. In high school I began working in various animal industries. While I loved working with animals every day, I started to realize that what I also loved was the relationships I began to build with these farmers. Being able to make a difference in their lives and businesses as well as help ensure food safety and security made me feel incredibly whole and valued as a person. This was my first realization that there is more to veterinary medicine than just caring for animals, it is the people involved too. During the summer before my sophomore year in undergrad, I began working for the Department for Farm Animals at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Working and learning directly alongside the faculty of large animal doctors and surgeons has made me grow more as a person and in my confidence in veterinary medicine in the last two years than I ever thought possible. I am involved in nearly every case work-up and procedure, taking weekly emergency after-hour assistant positions, setting up and providing technical services in surgeries, attending daily rounds and vet student seminars, performing PCV/TP and fecal tests, as well as many other duties. Something I am most proud of is how I am able to confidently answer questions and teach the next group of veterinarians in their clinical rotations on safe and effective animal handling, as well as how to perform more basic procedures, such as porcine hoof/tusk trims and collecting rumen fluid for transfaunations. Working at the OSU Vet Hospital has allowed me to realize that I am not only truly passionate about caring for animals, building relationships and communicating with clients/owners, but that I am also passionate in teaching students to help them succeed in their clinical rotations. The faculty, residents, and interns in the Department for Farm Animals have had many conversations with me over my time here on exactly what it takes to become a Veterinarian. Now that I am accepted into The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2026 I have shifted my focus towards what is to come next. The farmers and clients that I have built relationships with over the years are very excited that I will now be able to serve them in the future while also my potential to stay for an internship and residency within the Farm Animal Department at OSU seems promising. Regardless I am very excited to see where becoming a Food Animal Veterinarian will take me in life.