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Student Profile: McKenzie Volk

Name: McKenzie Volk
Major: Animal Science
Year: Junior
Hometown: Sentinel Butte, ND
Graduation Date: December 2021

Why did you choose NDSU? I wanted a school that had a large ag program and ag-related activities.

Why did you select the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources? I grew up on a ranch with a large focus on ag-related topics. I have always wanted to be a large animal veterinarian, and NDSU gave me a great opportunity to do my undergraduate work and gain more experience with animals.

Scholarships you have received and why scholarships are important to you. I received a livestock judging scholarship through NDSU. I believe that scholarships are very important as they help you get your education with less financial stress.

Clubs/organizations you’re involved in and why involvement in activities is beneficial. Along with Ag Ambassadors, I am involved in Saddle and Sirloin, Pre-Vet Club, Sigma Alpha, and NDSU Judging Club. These clubs give me a break from class and the opportunity to meet people that have similar interests as me.

List any internships and a brief description of what you did. This summer I am doing an internship with West Dakota Vet Clinic, where I will get first-hand experience on what it will be like to work in a vet clinic. It will also expose me to new experiences to help through vet school.

What is your greatest memory at NDSU? Some of my greatest NDSU memories are through Saddle and Sirloin at the Little International where I was able to show livestock and meet some incredible people.

What are your future plans? I plan to apply to vet school and hopefully one day own a large animal practice.

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