Scholarship Entrant: jessica from santo, TX
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.
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The career of my dreams revolves around horses and large animals. Ever since I can remember, I have been obsessed with horses and rodeo. I decided around the age of five that I wanted to be a mixture of three medically beneficial occupations, all revolving around horses. The first is an equine vet; secondly, I want to be able to artificially inseminate horses, and lastly, I want to be able to do equine therapy.
The life of an equine therapist involves taking injured or crippled horses and nursing them back to health. The most common technique involved in therapy is to put a horse in a pool that has a treadmill built into the bottom of it. The fact that the treadmill is underwater is a great help to injured horses because the water helps to take the majority of the horses weight and pressure off of the horse’s strained leg or any other injured body part. Once the horse has gone as far as he can on the underwater treadmill, he will be moved to a regular treadmill. The horse will slowly work his way up to a fast pace and keep stepping up the pace until he is considered well.
As for artificial insemination, it is a very tricky and trying process. One must be able to understand the genetics of each horse’s bloodline and know how to combine the two horses’ genes in order to have the perfect baby horse. This takes much training and studying so that there will be the minimal amount of mistakes.
An equine vet is simply a vet. The only difference is they specialize with horses.
In order to reach these goals, I am currently taking an Advanced Animal Science class that breaks down the anatomy of all animals and helps me to better understand both the basics and the more complex aspects concerning all types of farm animals.
Once I reach college, I intend to take chemistry, biology, and all of the required classes that are necessary to earn my degree in each of my career choices.
As for my extra-curricular activities, I have been in rodeo for over seven years now and have learned an abundance about horses and how to care for them. I have learned how to tell whenever they do not feel good or if something is bothering them, and a rough estimate of where the problem lies.
All in all, I have been working my whole life in order to be prepared for my soon-to-be career. It means the world to me and I will do whatever it takes in order to see my dreams through.

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