__MAIN_TEXT__

Page 17

Student Spotlight

HALEY ANDERSON ANIMAL SCIENCES | PRE-VET BIOLOGY MINOR

MAY 2020

HOMETOWN: Harrodsburg, Kentucky ACTIVITIES:

+Student Ambassador +Former State Kentucky 4-H President +Parasitology Student Research in Gluck Equine Research Center +Veterinary Assistant +Pre-Vet Club Q: What led you to choose the

my goals. Those strangers quickly became friends, and friends became family.

A: I come from a long line of University of Kentucky graduates. My great-grandfather was involved in UK’s original tobacco research initiatives. I was exposed to the college through 4-H and FFA events such as Ag Field Day and State 4-H Teen Conference. My first time on campus, I immediately fell in love with the old oak trees and beautiful infrastructure. With so many ties to the University and Central Kentucky, it was an easy choice for me to decide to go to UK and be a student in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

Q: How is the college preparing you for your future?

College of Agriculture, Food and Environment?

Q: What does the college mean

to you? Describe your overall experience.

A: When I think of CAFE, several words come to mind including community, inclusion, opportunity and family. The entire agriculture campus as a whole is a community, I guarantee there was not a single time in my four years of undergraduate work that I walked through the ag deli without seeing a familiar face. Nor did I pass through the halls without passing a smiling face. These little interactions made a big university become a small community. Similarly, students of all backgrounds, rural or urban, found a niche within the college. From the first time I walked onto the campus, seemingly strangers believed in me and opened numerous doors of opportunity for me to achieve

A: I have had once-in-a-lifetime experiences and gained handson experience I will need in the veterinary field. I have been fortunate to participate in multiple experiential learning opportunities, from studying abroad in France to working in stockyards with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Through other school-sanctioned events, I have been able to travel across the United States for research and student leadership conferences. A majority of my classes in the animal science program have been handson, where we visited one of the many UK farms in the area to work oneon-one with horses and livestock. These classes and experiences not only helped me get accepted into veterinary school, but also, they began to lay foundations to my understanding of animal handling, body systems and behavior. These will be the foundations I will build on in veterinary school. Q: Where do you see yourself in 15 years? A: Since childhood, my lifelong dream has been to become a mixed animal veterinarian. UK and CAFE helped me turn that dream into a reality. This past year I applied, interviewed, and was accepted

into Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. I will begin my four-year journey to a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in the fall of 2020. In 15 years, I envision myself having returned to my ‘Old Kentucky Home’ to work in a small community to ensure the health of large and small animals. Once I’m back in the Bluegrass, I plan to attend UK Alumni events and cheer on the Cats every chance I get.

Q: Why would you recommend the college to future students? A: This College is much more than just an educational institution, it’s a community of diverse individuals coming from all corners of the world to support one common goal - the future of agriculture and a sustainable world. The faculty in our College are unmatched and will work just as hard towards a student’s success as the student does. There are more than 80 clubs and organizations in the College that make it easy for students to seek out their interests and explore new ones. Through courses, clubs and student-led organizations, students will find friends that will become family. Every individual in the College will also have numerous opportunities to learn beyond the walls of the classroom. THE AMBASSADOR

| 17

The Ambassador - July 2020