Every barn has a distinct smell: hay, feed, and (more pungently) the animals that live within. As a pre-veterinary studies student with a minor in equestrian studies, I interact with these animals on a weekly basis. I may “smell like a barn” on occasion, but the stories and experience involved are more than worth it!



The Final Stretch

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18th April

Countdowns are well on their way as the end of the semester is quickly approaching! There’s great anticipation, tension and horror for the arrival of graduation. We have worked so hard to finally reach this point in our lives and with that comes pride, satisfaction and joy. However, fear, uncertainty and anxiety follow very close behind the joy of graduation. For the past 17 years we have been told what to do, where to be and when, which classes to take and more. We have come to know the routine of classes starting in late August, having a week off of school every other month, and three months of no school for the summer. (Put this on repeat until graduation!) Now, the reality of not having to attend classes, not having that set routine and not being surrounded by the same … Read More »

Doing What You Love

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14th February

The best feeling comes when your academic focus is also your passion! I am fortunate to have had so many great learning experiences and internships as a student at the University of Findlay.

From the moment I arrived at the farm, I never thought I would love it this much or be where I am today. Working at the sheep farm during the summer of 2015 was the best thing ever! Now, I bring the lessons and experience I acquired there over the past two summers back to UF and learn even more.

This is my final semester at UF, and I am excited to be taking Sheep Production and Management with Dr. McCarthy. He loves his sheep and is most enthusiastic when teaching students about his passion. Similar to Beef Production and Management class last semester, this class assigns a pregnant ewe to each student. After the ewes … Read More »

A Productive Semester!

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13th December

Calves were moooving in from left and right this fall semester at UF’s Beckett Center. Let’s see, there was Buckeye, Bertha, Wilbur and an original 36D along with a few other stragglers. Our Beef Management and Production Lab takes a unique approach with students here by giving first-hand experience through the Cow-Calf Project.

The Beef Management and Production class is one of the most exciting classes to take as an upperclassman at Findlay. Everyone looks forward to the lab section and participating in the Cow-Calf Project. This is a capstone project that takes the whole semester to complete.

Within the first week of classes, each student claims a cow that is said to be pregnant. During this time, they monitor nutrition, and record body condition scores and vaccinations given to the mother during her pregnancy.

Next, comes the exciting part — parturition (the birth of a calf)! Students … Read More »

Over the River, Through the Woods…

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11th November

Over the river and through the woods to biology (my new second major) I go. This semester, as part of my biology major, I have decided to give ecology a try. Ecology is definitely a different kind of science course, and labs are exciting as we head out to the Rieck Center or stroll around campus and take a hike for class. Our first lab was spent learning how to use a GPS unit to find various waypoints spread across campus. One of our waypoints led us right to the fountain.

For several weeks, our small groups measured, identified and inventoried all the trees on campus for a grand total of 1,100 trees. Can you believe there are 1,100 trees on campus? And most of them are Bradford Pear Trees.

I remember my mom giving me a tree and insect identification book for when we … Read More »

Here it Goes

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18th October


The time quickly came and went as September 15 approached. Vet school applications are sent in, and all we can do now is sit and wait to hear back about interviews.

Top 8 things that happen when applying for vet school:

Second guess yourself — Do I really want to do this for the rest of my life? Am I willing to dedicate all this time and money to the career and schooling?

Procrastination — Let me be honest, we all said we would start the applications over the summer and have them completed by the start of classes, but that does not happen. Sitting down late at night trying to finish bits and pieces of vet school applications while completing my classwork can be stressful. Critical components of this process include writing a personal statement, answering supplemental application questions and filling out the application perfectly, to sell myself to the school and make … Read More »

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