I would like to thank the sponsors, organizers, board of directors, and the application review committees that make Targeting Excellence and the scholarships they provide a reality. Through generous donations, scholarships are able to provide students the opportunity to continue their education, expand their experience, and further food animal agriculture. Thank you again!
I first became interested in animal production agriculture on my family farm in west central Iowa. Growing up on a row crop, swine, and cattle operation, I developed a love for production agriculture and all of the aspects that come along with it. However, my main passion was caring for and improving the genetics of production animals. Being an active member in 4H and FFA, I would show a portion of my livestock at the county and state levels. I would then retain or feed out the remainder of my cattle at the end of the year. My passion to improve the health and genetics of production animals has driven me to pursue a veterinary degree. Looking forward to my veterinary career, I have many goals and in my eyes, all of them are attainable! Coming out of vet school, I plan to stay in Iowa and work in either a production animal clinic or a mixed animal clinic. Within five to ten years out of veterinary school, I want to be a partner in a production animal heavy practice. I plan to continue to develop any embryo transfer and IVF capabilities that the clinic has as well as grow these to the point that we have multiple veterinarians performing both bovine and small ruminant reproduction. While I want bovine and small ruminant reproduction services to be staples in my practice, I know that there will always be a need for general production animal medicine. With this in mind, I will work to expand my practice?s feedlot medicine and general cow-calf medicine. Along with growing a clinic to this point, I also plan to cover much of the state and possibly other states doing bovine consulting. I have a passion for working with cattle producers and helping them to improve their operations in all aspects possible. This is why I want to develop a bovine veterinary consulting practice so that beef producers can be more informed about opportunities in the industry as well as avenues they can use to become more profitable and better producing!