Young People in Ag: Ranching background leads to love of livestock, horses for UW vet student
Q: What is your background in agriculture?
A: I was raised on a ranch, so my interest in agriculture started at an early age, as did my interest in veterinary medicine.
My goal of becoming a veterinarian became solid after I worked at several veterinary clinics during high school and college. I became even more interested as I worked my way through the curriculum at UW.
Q: How do you see yourself using your veterinarian degree in the future?
A: I see myself being an equine or large/food animal specialist.
I have grown up around horses and competed in Equestrian 3 Day Eventing, which gave me an interest in equine sports medicine. I have also had experience with cattle and sheep while working on the family ranch.
I believe that the health of farm animal species is essential for the livestock industry.
Q: What are you most proud of thus far in your education and pursuit of your career?
A: I feel honored to be accepted into veterinary school. It is rewarding to be closer to my goal, especially when there were many other qualified applicants.
Q: From the time you started your veterinarian education until now, how has your perspective on the veterinarian profession and animal medicine changed?
A: When I was younger I used to think that veterinarians were limited to being doctors that I saw in private practice.
As I got older and worked my way through school, I realized that there are many professional avenues for veterinarians. There are positions in academia, state veterinary labs, government agencies, industry, research, military and many others.
I think that the diversity of the veterinary profession is amazing and gives people the opportunity to use their veterinary degrees in different ways that are unique to each individual.
Q: What is/are the most interesting things you’ve learned during your education?
A: I have learned so much during my four years at UW and one of the most interesting things I have learned about is new technology and its applications while at the same time incorporating and appreciating old time practices and remedies.
Q: What do you believe are the biggest challenges for veterinarians in the future?
A: I believe that some of the challenges that veterinarians will have to face in the near future will be the discovery of new and emerging diseases and how to protect people and animals from such diseases.
Q: What do you think will be some of the biggest changes for veterinarian industry 25 years from now?
A: I think that food security is one concern with the increasing population of people around the world.
I think in 25 years, veterinarians may have to play a role in creating balance between the growing human population and food animal production to sustain more people. ❖
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