Dear Targeting Excellence Sponsors, Board of Directors, and State Committees,
Thank you so much for your help and generosity in supporting my education. It is an incredible blessing to have people and organizations such as this one that are willing to contribute to my pursuit of becoming a food animal veterinarian. The agricultural community as a whole has made a significant impact on my life, and I look forward to giving back by serving them and working together with producers to achieve their goals for their operations. While completing the rigors of veterinary school, knowing there are people and organizations like this one that support my endeavors is a big encouragement. The financial support is incredibly appreciated, and your willingness to support me as I strive toward my goals encourages me to work even harder as well as enables me to pursue opportunities to further my education that I may otherwise not be able to. Thank you to each of you for your part in this organization, whether that be as a sponsor, director, or committee member. I look forward to being a part of Targeting Excellence for many years in the future, and I appreciate your role in making it a successful program to support food animal agricultural students across the country.
Having grown up on a family farm in central Ohio, I have been a part of the agricultural community my entire life. As I grew up surrounded by farmers and others invested in agriculture, I never questioned that I wanted to spend my life serving these hard-working people. Helping with the cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens, and horses on our farm led me to pursue a career in veterinary medicine at an early age. My strong interest in science and medicine only emphasized this pursuit. With a background of working with farm animals, it has always been my ultimate goal to work within the food animal industry as a veterinarian.
That passion for food animal medicine led me to apply to the Early Commitment Program offered at The Ohio State University for undergraduate students interested exclusively in food animal medicine. It was a great honor to be one of the students accepted into this program in 2014. Following graduation with my bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences in 2016, I was admitted into The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and am currently completing my second year. I have embraced the rigorous challenge of veterinary school, and I am looking forward to the next two years in which I plan to continue supplementing my education with food animal elective courses and experience with current veterinarians.
Following graduation with my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2020, I would like to make my career at the local farm level working with an assortment of food animals including dairy, beef, sheep, pigs, and chickens. Although I grew up with beef cattle rather than dairy, I have spent time working with veterinarians in the dairy industry and have enjoyed the experience immensely and am continuing to gain experience in this field. I look forward to being a community practitioner, and I plan to be involved in local agricultural organizations. My experience as a 4-H member was invaluable, and I hope to continue passing on that experience by working with local youth in both agriculture and shooting sports programs. I grew up heavily involved in the shooting sports through my competitive shooting with the Single Action Shooting Society, as well as through the 4-H Shooting Sports program, and I plan to continue educating youth about gun safety and the enjoyment of that sport.
As I work toward my goals, I treasure the opportunity I have been given to pursue my dreams, and I look forward to using my passion and experiences to give back to the agricultural community throughout my life.
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