I would like to thank all of the sponsors, board members and committees for making the targeting excellence scholarship possible. It is reassuring that agricultural businesses are giving back to invest in students like myself to help us achieve our academic career goals. I am very grateful for receiving this scholarship as it will help me tremendously going into my 3rd year of Veterinary school. I am looking forward to a career supporting the food animal industry in the near future.
I am currently in the class of 2023 at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. My future career goal is to become a food animal veterinarian. Growing up on a farm, agriculture has been something that I have always enjoyed. As a food animal veterinarian, I plan to focus my attention and profession on swine and beef cattle. I have been utilizing my summer months and time during school to work with swine veterinarians to become prepared upon receiving my DVM. As there is a shortage of food animal veterinarians, I want to help fill the void. Having grown up around those two species of livestock, I developed a passion for them and hope to continue working with them in the future as a veterinarian. Another career goal of mine is to be able to return to the family farm to continue raising livestock and producing grain crops. Working with livestock through 4-H and FFA has been one of the best opportunities I have been given while growing up. In the future I hope to be able to expand the family farm incorporating more livestock and being more efficient in utilizing the farmland. Through showing and working with livestock at a young age, I learned quickly that I wanted to become a veterinarian. I have strived during the summer months during college to gain different experiences that I hope will make me a successful veterinarian. I am excited this summer to continue to prepare for my future by working with 4 Star Veterinary Services in Chickasaw, Ohio. I was always told to take advantage of every opportunity possible to help my future career, and I have been very blessed in my early years of life with that. I am very fortunate that my parents and grandparents have given me the opportunity to grow up and work on a family farm, ultimately shaping my career goals and making me into the person that I am today. I hope I will be able to do the same for the next generation.