Thank you to all who make Targeting Excellence possible. Your generous time and financial donation has already made a great impact on my ability to blossom in my education. Your support alone is inspiring to join the food animal agriculture industry, knowing students will be welcomed with open arms.
I am currently in my third year at Ohio State studying Animal Sciences. My academic plan is set so that I will graduate with my bachelor’s degree in the spring of 2020. I have a minor/specialization in Animal Bio-sciences. My ultimate goal is to attend veterinary school, specializing in large animal medicine. This will give me the chance to spend my adult life working to assist producers in the food animal industry, big or small.
Choosing my major as Animal Sciences was not a spur-of-the-moment decision, it was years in the making. I grew up on a farm, raising my own rabbits and cattle as well as pets. Many young girls like me wanted to grow up to be veterinarians. But, as we got older, many changed their minds. As for me, I never did. I of course considered other careers, but nothing interested me as much as veterinary medicine. I was involved in 4-H and FFA the second I was old enough to be and was always drawn to the animal science related programs. Whether that be livestock judging, veterinary science projects, or even quality assurance, animals were always my favorite subject. This was not just because “I love animals”. Well, of course I do, but I enjoy so much more about them than getting to pet them. I have experienced the ups and downs of raising livestock and understand there is so much more to it than what meets the eye. I love studying animal systems, and even more doing the work myself to fix or improve an animal’s health and production. I am passionate about this career field. That is why I know I want to go into food animal veterinary medicine. At first, I didn’t know what kind of veterinarian I wanted to be. But after working in a companion animal clinic, and shadowing large animal veterinarians, I knew what I would truly enjoy doing everyday would be working with livestock. I understand that my wages wouldn’t be as large, but I would be happy and excited to do my job every single day. Even now as I have begun a tough college career, I know that in the end every challenge will be worth it.