Sophia Shannon

Sophia Shannon

I am writing to thank you for your generous Targeting Excellence Scholarship. I am extremely thankful and appreciative to learn that I was selected as a recipient of your scholarship. By awarding me your scholarship, my financial burden has been lightened, as I was given further assistance to aid in the expense of my tuition. Your generosity has greatly helped me in my journey, and I will continue to reflect on the way your organization helps those in need such as myself.

Awards Received

2022 Graduate Award (Pennsylvania)

Hometown:

Hometown:

Vandergrift, PA

School:

School:

University of Missouri

Major:

Major:

Veterinary Medicine

Career Goals:

Career Goals:

Public health and communications are very important to me and I intend to devote my working career to working for the animals and their people. Maintaining a job as a veterinary technician at Altmeyer Veterinary Hospital has been very insightful for my future as well. Under the supervision of Dr. Samuel Morgan and Dr. Sandra Rodkey, I have learned their true passion and identity of veterinary medicine. There was a very interesting case we delt with through animal control where there had been a colony of cats found dead in one area. When our office was asked to perform a necropsy, I was beyond ecstatic. Dr. Rodkey and I suited up and took the cat wrapped in a total of six bags to our makeshift procedure table outside. We were able to collect a urine specimen and a liver sample before disposing of the fresh-rotting body. We took the samples into a dark room and shined a black light on them only to see that they were glowing. She explained this could indicate people putting out anti-freeze for the cats to eat so they would die. I understand that the overpopulation of the feline community is concerning for many- but this does not compromise the disruption these cats went under. My realization point revolves around this experience: I want to work for the USDA as a government officiated veterinarian. After enduring an internship through Dr. Stephanie Ringler over the summer, I understand why public health is so important to her. Being given the opportunity to test birds for Avian Influenza and assist in community outreach has had a large impact on me. You must care about both the pets and the clients to make a difference- and I want to be that difference.