Thank you for your generous support of the Targeting Excellence Scholarship program. These funds help support my dream of becoming a food animal veterinarian. I plan to use this scholarship to support my 4th year of veterinary school by participating in externships that are not offered at OSU, which include swine medicine. Thank you so much for your support, and I hope that you continue to support students like myself, so that we may become successful individuals that can give back to our communities.
I trace my passion for the agricultural industry to my childhood, where I grew up on my family’s show pig farm. Involvement in 4-H and FFA strengthened my passion, leading to my bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University (OSU). Currently, I am a second-year veterinary student at OSU, always looking to refine and diversify my skill set with every opportunity that is presented. Last summer, I had an amazing experience with The Maschhoffs and learned an immense amount information about large-scale swine production. This summer, I will be expanding my skill set by participating in multiple externships. The main portion of my summer will be spent with a dairy veterinary clinic in Northeast, OH. I will also be externing with a county fair veterinarian, swine consulting clinic, and a mixed animal practice. While I am still navigating my future career, one thing is certain: I desire to be employed in the food animal industry. The agricultural industry is vast and constantly growing, which allows for many career opportunities. After this summer, I hope to gain a better understanding for where my passion within the industry lies. In addition to my past experiences in the swine industry, I will also be taking advantage of every opportunity for externships with other species, such as beef, dairy, equine, and small ruminants, in order to become a well-rounded veterinarian. Currently, I picture life as a food animal veterinarian where I can guide producers in raising a safe and efficient product for consumers. Furthermore, I am interested in continuing to explore career options in food animal medicine, such as opportunities in the animal health industry, nutrition, and other forms of practice that would ultimately work towards improving the agricultural industry.