Terry Stauffer

Hometown: Roanoke Rapids, NC

School: North Carolina State

Major / Species: Animal Science

Career Goals: 

I have always strived to do my best in all that I do, especially school. I am a very inwardly driven individual and when I set a goal, I am not satisfied until I achieve it.

Since elementary school, I have known I wanted to be a Veterinarian. With this in mind, I knew I had to work hard and study hard in order to advance myself toward the academic success required to achieve this goal. My grades are a direct representation of my dedication and accomplishment. So academically, I aspire to learn the normal state of animals and how to help them maintain this state. When abnormalities arise I want to be able to help the animals return to normal. I also want to learn about reproduction, nutrition, and herd management to improve animal quality and their economic productivity for farmers. To do this I am pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and plan to continue on to Veterinary School at North Carolina State University to become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

Once I obtain my DVM degree, I would prefer to be a general practitioner and work with livestock animals in and around Halifax County, North Carolina to give back to my rural community. However, I am not opposed to having a mixed practice as long as my work is spread evenly. Either way I would like to have a shared practice because I want to be able to collaborate with another Veterinarian  instead of being told what to do or dealing with everything on my own. I plan for my joint practice to consist of me working on the farms with livestock while my partner cares for the pets that come to the office. While doing so I will be actively involved in my church and community.

After I have finished my career working in the field or the clinic, I plan to just be the owner of the business and have a new veterinarian that will see the patients. I will be on call for advice and expertise, but will not have a daily commitment to the clinic. I also plan to have been married and have children that are at least in college by this point. This means that I will be able to have a small amount of animals on a property in the country where I can hunt and enjoy nature. I will also be able to be more active in my church and help fund the people working in the community if I cannot do so myself.

Overall during my career, I want to help increase the quality of animal agriculture in rural North Carolina. The quality of North Carolina livestock is high, but there is always room for improvement. So I want to help improve North Carolina livestock to increase farmer income, herd health, and the State’s reputation. This way, North Carolina farmers can continue to get animals of appealing stature and production from other North Carolina farmers and only go out of state when they want to increase genetic diversity.