She Found the Cure for What?

Scholarship Entrant: Lori-Joelle from Miramar, Florida
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Lori-Joelle: 80

A horse stands for 90% of its life. They even sleep standing up. So when they are afflicted with laminitis – the incurable disease that causes a horse’s hoof to begin to pull away from the bone, rotating as it walks, prompting its body to release destructive white blood cells – it usually results in death by euthanasia 85% of the time due to late detection. My goals in life directly relate to my future attempts to one day find a cure for laminitis. Finding a cure will impact animal medicine probably as much as the cure for polio did in the 1950’s. Few people know that laminitis also affects cattle which is not only an important source of food, but an integral part of the many products society uses around the world. Pioneering surgery for horses is another aspiration of mine. Technology has come very far to provide prosthetic limbs for smaller animals, but there are far too many accidents on the race track where a horse has to be put down immediately due to injuries that are irreparable with current technology. What is a short term goal if not a long term goal? Each of my goals coincides as I cannot complete one without the other. To ensure that I reach them, it is imperative that during my undergraduate studies I excel and graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science which will catapult me to the next stages in become an equine surgeon.

Vote for Lori-Joelle: 80

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