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While attending the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Veterinary Student Day in January, 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.
Almost every day in my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at The Ohio State University, I discover a new career within veterinary medicine that I did not previously consider. From specializing as a large animal orthopedic surgeon, to serving in natural disaster response, to working in pharmaceuticals, I have been in awe of the vast possibilities a veterinary student with a passion for food animals has. As I have continued to learn more, and since Dr. King’s presentation, I have realized my strong passion for public health as it applies to food animal medicine and have further refined my career goals.
As a first-year veterinary student, I do not have a specific job in mind within food animal medicine and public health. 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 I am passionate 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, and agriculturalists, and to build relationships with them that are centered around understanding and cooperation. Third, 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 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.