Thank you so much to the Targeting Excellence sponsors, board, and committee for making this scholarship possible. I cannot express my appreciation for your support of students within the agriculture industry. This scholarship will allow me financial security to continue pursing my education in veterinary medicine. Thank you again for this amazing opportunity!
Agriculture is my family’s legacy. Both of my parents grew up on dairy farms, and now I am the fourth generation to be a part of Feider Farms, LLC in New Holstein, Wisconsin. From little on, I envisioned being a part of the agriculture industry and honestly never considered anything else. My passion for food animal medicine has had a profound influence on my educational path and future career goals. I am currently a first-year veterinary student at the University of Wisconsin ? Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. My path to graduate school was a little different than others as I was accepted through an accelerated, elite program called Food Animal Veterinary Medical Scholars (FAVeMedS). This solidified my goal of obtaining my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree (DVM) when I was just beginning my sophomore year of college. I graduated summa cum laude from the University of Wisconsin ? Platteville in May 2020 with a major in Animal Science and a minor in Spanish in three years. My career goal is to be a food animal general practitioner, focusing primarily on dairy cattle in Northeast Wisconsin. In addition to dairy, I am also interested in working a bit with beef cattle, swine, and goats. Further in my career, I dream to be a practice associate or the manager of a large dairy farm in the area! My agriculture background, experiences within food animal production, and job shadowing opportunities reinforce my education and career choices. As I eluded to earlier, I grew up on a three hundred cow dairy farm which is where my love of dairy cattle began and where I continue to advance my fundamental skills such as intravenous injections and palpation technique. In addition, I showed swine and rabbits through the Calumet County 4-H organization. Working with animals from little on has taught me about responsibility, welfare, and compassion, attributes that I continue to utilize today. Summer internships have exposed me to different areas of the agriculture industry. I spent several summers marketing for a local feed mill, which allowed me to develop essential communication skills with producers. During summer 2019, I was an intern at Drumlin Dairy and spent several months learning all about dairy goats, how they are similar yet different to cattle, and gaining an appreciation for small ruminants. Even though I knew I was accepted to graduate school early and now being a first-year student, I find it advantageous to network with veterinary professionals across the industry by participating in job shadows and ride alongs. This also allows me to apply concepts that I am learning in my classes and expand my knowledge. I have spent time with several different veterinary clinics in Wisconsin including St. Anna Vet Clinic, Dairy Doctors in Plymouth, Vet Associates in Hazel Green, and Family Pet Hospital in Platteville. My experiences within the agriculture industry and strong interest in food animal medicine are attributes that make me an ideal candidate for this scholarship, and I hope you consider me.