I cannot even begin to display my overwhelming gratitude for receiving a 2021 Targeting Excellence Scholarship Award. It means the world to me that you all have seen potential in my future and are willing to invest in it. I have just completed my first year at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and am thrilled to continue this journey with second year soon approaching. I have tirelessly worked to advance my dreams of becoming a food animal veterinarian and this scholarship will greatly assist me financially in the upcoming school year. With that, I would like to extend a huge thank you to the TE Sponsors, Board, and Committees for granting me this amazing scholarship. I am looking forward to a bright future in the food animal agriculture industry!
As a current first year veterinary student at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, I have achieved my most difficult career goal: acceptance into veterinary college. I was one of many with this seemingly unrealistic goal. Through hard work and determination, I have achieved this goal and it has now opened the doors to other personal educational and occupational goals. Before May of 2024, my primary goal is to focus on retaining information that is taught. I personally do not emphasize grades as they will not dictate if a veterinarian will be successful in practice. I would rather put my efforts on deeply understanding topics rather than memorizing every little detail for an A. I also plan to gain hands-on experiences while in veterinary college as these allow you to apply the knowledge you are learning. I know when I first begin practicing, there will be a steep learning curve and I recognize that there will ample information that was not taught in those previous four years of school. I imagine these goals will heighten my ability to provide exceptional veterinary care earlier in my career. After May of 2024, my goal is to begin as a food animal general practitioner in rural areas in need of a veterinarian. I am thrilled to one day help the more rural areas get the veterinary care that is needed. Growing up on a beef farm in Bismarck, North Dakota, I understand the farmer’s struggle to get good, reliable, and cheap veterinary care. I hope to provide exactly that wherever I end up in rural America. One unique aspect I hope to incorporate within my veterinary care is acupuncture. I love the idea of incorporating Traditional Chinese Medicine with modern Western Medicine as the mix of both provides a true holistic approach to medicine and caring for patients. Once I feel ready, I would love to open a practice of my own. I am currently on the executive board as the Director of Marketing with Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA) and have applied to be on the national executive board for VBMA. I will find out if I was chosen in the next few weeks. In high school, I was president of Future Business Leaders of America. Business ownership has always interested me and having the ability to witness my father open a successful construction company has cultivated a desire to follow in his footsteps with my own career path. Owning a practice is not just for the extra paycheck as that is not guaranteed. Instead, it will provide me the opportunity to care for animals on my schedule and build strong, personal client relationships. After the completion of these goals, I will never stop wanting to learn more and ensure that I continue to provide the best possible veterinary care to the animals I see each day. Veterinary Medicine is not just a doctorate degree, it is a lifetime of learning and my lifetime goal is to never forget that.