Thank you to all who make this scholarship possible. Whether sponsoring, organizing or awarding students, your contribution means a lot. The food animal industry is rewarding although challenging, and your encouragement just reassures me that a career in this field is worthwhile.
I am currently in my fourth year at Ohio State studying Animal Sciences and will be graduating with my bachelor’s degree in May. I have a minor/specialization in Animal Biosciences. Come August, I will be starting vet school here at Ohio State, focusing on 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 just companionship. 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 begin the next step of a tough college career, I know that in the end every challenge will be worth it.