Amber Hazel attends the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in animal science. Hazel began working with dairy cattle at a young age on her family’s dairy farm in Lanesboro, Minn. She was active in 4-H and FFA and developed an interest in monitoring production and health parameters. Hazel was a veterinary intern with the Pipestone Veterinary Clinic in Pipestone, Minn., where she focused on large-animal medicine, shadowing veterinarians and conducting on-farm research. Hazel is interested in protocol compliance, personnel management, dairy welfare advocacy and auditing. She hopes to practice dairy medicine with a focus in preventative herd health.
Amanda Kilby attends the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a master’s degree in agricultural education from the University of Delaware. Kilby grew up in Colora, Md., where she helped on the family dairy farm and watched her mother practice veterinary medicine. Kilby was an active 4-H member and showed dairy cattle at the fair. She worked for local dairies in exchange for permission to show their registered dairy heifers and later got involved with their herd-health programs. Kilby also had the opportunity to practice veterinary skills in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Liberia. She hopes to work for an ambulatory dairy practice or a large dairy. She would like to own or become a partner in a diversified dairy practice.
Brett Kroeze attends Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural business from Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Kroeze grew up in Hull, Iowa, spending summers working on his grandfather’s dairy farm. He decided to become a veterinarian after a shadowing experience for one of his college classes. He also spent a summer as a veterinary assistant at Valley Veterinary Clinic in Rock Valley, Iowa, where he assisted with farm calls, surgeries and treatments. Kroeze works at the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, and plans to be a dairy practitioner, with the goal of becoming a partner in a veterinary practice. He hopes to inspire others to become veterinarians by offering them exposure to bovine medicine through his practice.
Brandy Lengacher attends the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where she also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture and a master’s degree in public health. Lengacher continues to be involved in her family’s 360-acre, 70-head, cow-calf, feedlot and cropping operation in Medina, Ohio where she learned skills ranging from crop management and harvesting to animal care and husbandry. Showing beef cattle through 4-H sparked her interest in bovine medicine. Lengacher hopes to find a career that combines her interests in public health and food-animal medicine while assisting her fiancé on his dairy farm.