April 2022

Dear North West Camelid Foundation,

I am honored to have been considered for the NWCF Scholarship and am extremely gateful for your contributions to our continued growth in the field of veterinary medicine.

I grew up in southeastern Idaho and was active e in my local 4-H clubs and rodeo. I continued my passion for agriculture and rodeo in to my undergraduate education at Utah State University by completing my bachelor’s in Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Science, and competing on the USU Rodeo Team. During those three years I made the Dean’s list each assister and served as the Bice President of the rodeo team for two years. I continued my time at USU by completing the first two years of the DVM program there before moving up to Pullman in the fall of 2020.

2022 WSu scholarship recipient NWCF Rachel Hanson

During my time in Logan I was fortunate to be involved in the veterinary school by being a Cache Veterinary Practitioners Association representative, Vice President of the Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, and a USU School of Veterinary Medicine Ambassador. My priorities in school have revolved around maintaining a high standard of academic performance while also gaining as much practical experience as I can manage to accommodate. My determination paid off and I was selected to be the 2019 USU SVM Summer Large animal Intern, which allowed me further invaluable time with the three clinical veterinarians on staff. By the end of my second year, I finished third in my class of 30 students while amassing over 180 hours of clinical experience at the farm.

2020 proved difficult due to the pandemic and the subsequent changes to what our vet school education would look like. The move to Pullman in this situation left me feeling secluded, burned out, and anxious, especially knowing that my normal outlet of hands-on experience would be extremely limited. The turn of the year to 2021 brought new opportunities though and I found myself busy assisting with overnight lambing and traveling with a CVM professor to perform bull breeding sourness exams and routine herd work for beef producers in rural Washington. My passion for large animals theriogenology also led me to join the WSU palpation team, and we were lucky enough to be able to compete in the 2021 SAVMA competition and finish third.

During my clinical year of rotations, I enrolled in every theriogenology oration that would fit in my schedule which included two traveling beef cattle rotations, an equine rotation at USU, and a comparative large animal theriogenology rotation at WSU with Dr. Ahmed Tibary. During the latter, I was able to perform complete breeding soundness exams on multiple alpacas. I was able to visualize and diagnose common anatomical defects that make breeding difficult-to-impossible and formulate recommendations for the producer in terms of next steps for those animals. Throughout these experiences, I have continued to expand my clinical skill set and my appreciation for the discipline of theriogenology.

I have accepted a position as a rural mixed animal practioner in Blackfoot, Idaho, which poses some concern to me as far as paying off my student loans. Your generosity will help take some of that weight off my shoulders and allow me to pursue my dream without hesitation. Thank you again, and I am sincerely grateful to have the support of the North West Camelid Foundation.

Rachel Hanson
Pullman, WA

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