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While attending the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Veterinary Student Day in Atlanta, Georgia, I had the opportunity to hear from Dr. Lonnie King, Academy Professor and Dean Emeritus at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. King’s speech expanded on the idea that one has about 100,000 hours in their career, and he discussed the numerous ways those hours can be spent. As a whole, Dr. King encouraged us to consider the ways we, as emerging veterinarians, want to spend our next 100,000 hours in our career. As a second-year veterinary student, I do not have a specific job in mind within food animal medicine. However, I have identified several career goals that I hope to achieve during my 100,000 hours. First, I hope to apply my knowledge of veterinary medicine and the food animal industry to the greater effort of maintaining a safe food supply and the health of the human population. I am passionate about helping animals and about serving people, and I am thrilled that a career in food animal medicine allows me to do both. Second, I aspire to be an effective relationship builder in any career I am in. I hope to obtain trust and confidence from superiors, co-workers, farmers, agriculturalists, and the general public, and to build relationships with them that are centered around understanding and cooperation. Third, I want to contribute to improved agricultural awareness, literacy, and public perception of agriculture and farming by sharing the knowledge I have gained about agriculture through my background and education. I desire to make a meaningful impact on the food animal industry, and to be able to leave a lasting legacy. Lastly, my most challenging and monumental goal is to be part of the effort to end global food insecurity. With a desire to serve people through veterinary medicine, this issue has always been one of great importance to me. From raising meat producing sheep on my family’s farm, I have a deep respect for the way an animal can be raised and utilized to sustain a family. Additionally, I have seen the progress made in the United States with technologies that allow agriculturalists to produce more food with less land and animals, yet other parts of the world are still unable to capitalize on the animal resources they have due to a lack of knowledge in animal health and production, or a lack of animal health medical resources. I will be an advocate for food security, and hope to work to provide resources and knowledge to those who need it most.