I cannot thank you enough for your outstanding support of agriculture and my education. It is hard for me to put into words my gratitude for your selfless donation towards my future. I will work my hardest to pay forward acts of kindness like this for years to come. Thank you especially for your time and efforts amongst the current financial and social crisis our world is experiencing. I hope that all of you and your families are safe and well. Thank you again for your time.
My entire life, agricultural has helped me grow intellectually, socially, and financially while developing me as a student and leader of my school and community. Each experience in agriculture allows me to share my love for farming with people of similar backgrounds. This is why I want to be a food animal veterinarian: to continue to work with farmers, to share in the successes (and failures) of farming families, and to help cultivate good farm practices so that people can continue to do what is in their blood for generations past and generations to come. My practice preference lies in cattle production, and I love the challenges and rewards dairy production medicine offers. While I am young at the age of 23, I am wise enough to know that I will not be an expert at anything directly out of school, nor should I be. My current goals are to build up a base of experiences that I can draw from in the future to help find my niche in the animal industry. I look forward to expanding my knowledge so that I can one day be a source of information for my clients and colleagues. In pursuit of that position, I look to gain mentorship from those already in the field, not trying to reinvent the wheel but rather help it move more efficiently. I want to add a motivated spark to a practice and progress the dairy industry in the process. Lastly, I plan to move towards practice ownership and am excited to see where that pursuit will take me. Personally, my goals lie in a faith, life and work, balance. Balance is a foreign term for me now in school as I view myself as better at juggling those things than balancing them. In all fairness however, I am investing in my future now in a way that I think will allow me to achieve a balance that is right for me. Ultimately, I look forward to being involved in my community, to give back, and to pay things forward in the same way that so many great people have done for me. After graduation, aside from practicing food animal medicine, I hope to live on and operate a beef farm and start a family of my own. I look forward therefore to investing in my community intellectually with my skills and knowledge as a veterinarian, socially with my family, and financially by improving the economic success of my clients. I see nothing more fulfilling than giving back to my community in all the ways that it gives to me and so I strive for the financial success to eventually establish a scholarship fund for agricultural students. A career as a bovine veterinarian gives me the perfect advantage to fulfill my desires above; I am so thankful to be entering a career that is so satisfying for me.