I would like to thank Targeting Excellence’s Sponsors, Board, and Committees for their generous support and commitment to this scholarship program. The financial support I have received from Targeting Excellence has allowed me to focus my time and effort on my lifelong dream of becoming a food production veterinarian. Thank you!
Currently, I am a Class of 2023 DVM Candidate at University of Minnesota. My plan after graduation is to practice as a food animal production veterinarian with emphasis on swine and bovine industries. One of the driving forces behind my aspiration to be a food animal production veterinarian is to educate consumers and producers. I have participated in numerous agricultural education events to provide a greater understanding about agricultural processes to the general consumer. One specific instance from one of these agricultural days really stands out in my memory. While demonstrating the cow milking procedure during a community agriculture awareness event, an adult approached me and asked, “Doesn’t that hurt her?” It was in that moment that I realized how deep the rift between consumers and the agricultural industry truly is. This event has inspired me to become a veterinarian that can not only treats animals but can educate as well. Another aspect of my aspiration to be a food animal production veterinarian is to improve food animal production practices through research. Through my time in 4-H and FFA, I have developed a keen interest in conducting research experiments. I continued to grow and develop this interest in college by obtaining a research position in a research lab at the University of Minnesota. This experience allowed me to be part of a professional lab and learn what is involved with organizing and operating research at a university or company. In addition to my on-hands experience growing up on my family’s dairy farm, I’ve expanded my knowledge of various production practices through my swine internship at Holden Farms Inc. These experiences have given me valuable knowledge to implement in my future career. During my short time in veterinary school, I have expanded upon this knowledge though various clubs. As part of the Veterinary Business Management Association chapter at Minnesota and Production Animal Medicine club, I have had the opportunity to learn from various companies about their product and their research that I will be able to pass on to my producers. My education at University of Minnesota has also given me the chances to improve my communication and leaderships skills as a Class Representative and an Honor Case Commission member. My passions, education, and experience have all lead me towards one goal, becoming a food animal production veterinarian. As there is a shortage of food animal production veterinarians, I plan on being part of the solution to bring the care and help needed by many food animal producers brought on by this shortage. The food animal production is a very diverse and important industry, and I hope to play my part in securing its future.