PGSPCA Scholarship Recipient: Jenna Balk
I am currently a sophomore enrolled in the Animal Science Pre-Professional Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. Becoming a veterinarian has been my lifelong dream as I have always possessed an inherent passion and love for animals. I just finished a class in which we spent hours on the campus farm working with large animals and learning basic handling techniques of sheep, horses, cows, pigs, and chickens. I am now enrolled in a course known as "Lamb Watch" this semester in which students are essentially immersed into birthing process of ewes. Each student is responsible for a specific ewe, remains on-call for the birth, and once the lamb is born, assists in the neonatal care and weaning process.
As an animal science major, my classes are all deeply rooted in animal welfare and handling, and I am truly taking advantage of the amazing classes offered at UMD. As a sophomore, I have not yet applied to veterinary schools but that is the only career path for me. I am well aware of the difficulty of the profession, the debt veterinary students must bear, and all of the hardships and risks that are guaranteed for those who undertake the challenge of becoming a veterinarian. Regardless, I remain motivated to succeed and passionate about animal health and welfare. I genuinely believe that I will succeed in this venture and will love going to work each and every day once I become a licensed veterinarian.
NOTE: Jenna is currently looking for a home for Franklin, the Katahdin sheep she rescued and is caring for. If you're interested, please contact Jenna via the PGSPCA!