I am from Santa Paula, a small agricultural town in Southern California. Raising livestock and owning an egg selling business through my high school FFA led to my interest in food animal medicine. I attended California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where I received a B.S. in Animal Science. I gained invaluable veterinary experience working with livestock through the “Learn by Doing” program at Cal Poly. During my time as student manager of the Cal Poly Veterinary Clinic, I realized my passion for teaching, and developed an interest in veterinary research and academia. I am currently a first year veterinary student at Texas A&M University.
I love spending time outdoors, especially hiking and walking along the beach with my dog. I enjoy going on road trips with my family and travelling abroad. After spending a summer working with veterinarians in India, I gained a passion for international veterinary medicine and missions.
My career goals change faster than the seasons, but the one thing that has stayed constant is my passion for agriculture and its importance in human health. After veterinary school, I plan to obtain a MPH degree or a PhD and work toward a career in international veterinary research. I am really looking forward to developing my career goals through the Cornell Leadership Program.