I am a soon-to-be graduate of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at Texas A&M University (degree expected in May 2019), and I am looking to begin a career in International Development. In addition to my DVM, I also hold Masters degrees in International Development and Public Policy.
I want to help create business opportunities for livestock producers and farmers in the Global South. I not only want to do this as a veterinarian but also with policy, finance, and consultancy solutions. I am already working towards this goal as a student by conducting graduate-level research that is focused on improving various supply chains in developing countries, including the production of coffee in Tanzania and the marketing of dairy products in Kenya.
Along with my research, I completed several internships with development organizations and R&D firms. With each internship, I was assigned a project and required to work either independently or within a team to produce serviceable outputs for the organization in a timely manner. Most recently, I completed an internship with the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases that was focused on grant writing, project management, and organizational leadership.
My skillset includes proficiency in both qualitative and quantitative research methods, proficiency in statistical analysis using both STATA and SPSS, policy analysis, and technical writing for policymakers.
I also held leadership positions amongst the student bodies of the universities where I have studied. These include being president of the Texas A&M University Student One Health Association. This organization brought together veterinary, human medicine, and public health students to discover ways in which we could collaborate as professionals to promote a holistic approach to wellbeing by mitigating the spread of disease at the intersection of human, animal, and environmental health. As the leader of this organization, I was responsible for establishing the organization’s constitution, organizing outreach programs, managing a budget of over $20,000, and fundraising. I successfully wrote a grant to obtain funding from the American Veterinary Medicine Association to establish a low-cost ‘One Health Clinic’ in a rural, low-income community in Texas. I also engaged with local experts in the subject of One Health to provide lectures to the student bodies of Texas A&M’s veterinary school, medical school, and school of public health. Along with this position, I was elected to a position within the student government as the Government Affairs Coordinator for the College of Veterinary Medicine. In this role, I engaged with veterinarians in the state of Texas and with the Texas Veterinary Medicine Association to identify legislation that would impact the veterinary profession in the state and to develop solutions that created a favorable working environment for Texas veterinarians.