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Amanda Smith

Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Major, INTAG Minor who studied abroad in Costa Rica.
International Ag Club service trip to Costa Rica

International Ag Club service trip to Costa Rica

I majored in veterinary and biomedical sciences and really had a strong interest in international work from the animal-human health standpoint. I decided to do the international agriculture minor because I knew that would give me the educational background in international work I needed and show me ways to combine my interests in animal health and international agriculture. I also was involved in the international agriculture club  - which introduced me to different areas of agriculture I could go into, and gave me the opportunity to participate in an international agriculture based service learning trip in Costa Rica.

Amanda Smith

International Ag Club service trip to Costa Rica

I knew when I was finishing my undergraduate degree at Penn State than I did not want to continue onto vet school, but that I wanted to continue onto more education in the veterinary field. I spent a lot of time researching the masters programs that different vet schools offered and tried to find vet schools that had a large international work component. Through this I decided that I would love the field of veterinary public health (which focuses on all of the diseases humans can get from both livestock and companion animals) and ultimately decided to pursue my masters of public health, specializing in veterinary public health at Ohio State. One international opportunity I participated in was a Farm to Table program through Ohio State and the University of Minnesota. We travelled to Chile with students/faculty from UMN, Costa Rica and Chile and spent the week touring farms and production plants, learned all about their agriculture and trade systems and compared it to ours, very interesting. During my masters degree I had many wonderful experiences and got both a taste of academia and government work and decided academia would be a better fit for me and decided to pursue my PhD in veterinary epidemiology and risk communication - and was given the opportunity to stay at Ohio State to do so. Before starting my PhD I was involved with an international agriculture based research project that afforded me the opportunity to spend my summer in Guyana and Suriname, training laboratory staff in sample collection and testing for antimicrobial resistant organisms in livestock.

Amanda Smith

Farm to Table program in Chile, on volcano Osorno.

My favorite part of being a PhD student is getting to interact with so many other students and professors. It is so exciting learning about what so many other people are doing and collaborating with them on things. I am in the veterinary preventative medicine department in the vet school, which has many professors dedicating a lot of time to global work. Thus I have enjoyed getting to work on different international projects and having the opportunity to travel.

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(left) Farm to Table program in Chile, boat tour of a salmon farm.
(right) IICA Headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana