posted on Wednesday, August 18, 2021
“Iowa Select has a great name behind them and even more wonderful people,” said veterinary services intern, Katie. “I’m grateful I was able to learn from such knowledgeable individuals in the swine industry and get a solid understanding of swine health and production.”
Originally from Shohola, Pennsylvania, Katie moved to Iowa to pursue her veterinary degree. She is currently working towards her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University and a Masters of Public Health at the University of Iowa. Her internship with Iowa Select Farms this summer gave her a better look at animal health within the swine industry.
“As a health services intern, I traveled along with the vets and supervisors of Iowa Select Farms learning the presentation of disease and optimal treatments for pigs of all ages,” she said. “I am conducting a few different research projects involving urinalysis and sow prolapses, truck wash biosecurity practices, and my main project focuses on tracking the effectiveness of GPS inoculation in regards to mortality at finishing. I will be able to share my results at the Leman Swine Conference in Minneapolis and will be submitting them to the AASV conference.”
Katie’s hard work in many areas of swine health and research have been greatly appreciated by other members of the Health Services team, including her supervisor, T’Lee.
“Katie has been a great asset to our team this summer. She has been very willing to jump in and assist with any projects or ‘out there’ ideas that we’ve had come up. Often times, she took the bull by the horns and made them completely her own,” said T’Lee. “Katie has become very skilled in multiple sampling techniques we often use over the course of the summer. She is a very smart and hard-working girl with a bright future ahead of her. We’re very proud of the work she has accomplished this summer! Thank you for all of your help Katie!”
We’re wishing you the best during the rest of your career, Katie. Keep up the great work!
Be on the lookout for more #ISFInterns21 highlights coming this week.
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