Rachel O’Leary, a veterinary student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and 2011 graduate of Parker High School, is one of two recipients of the Friends of Noah’s 2017 scholarship. These scholarships are made available to veterinary students from Rock County as part of the organization’s educational outreach commitment to the community.
Rachel hopes to become a food animal veterinarian and work with those who supply food for the world. She plans to return to the Janesville area to work with local farmers, as well as continue to play a part in her family’s dairy farm. As a result of her studies at the Veterinary Medical School, she is involved in the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, and the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners. Rachel feels this scholarship will not only help her pay for school tuition, but will also help her attend educational events put on by these organizations to become specialized in areas of food animal medicine. Specifically, the areas she looks forward to specializing in are bovine medicine, bovine embryo transfer and in vitro fertilization. Rachel says, “If it were not for scholarships like this, I would not be able to fulfill my dream of one day becoming a food animal veterinarian. I am beyond grateful and honored to be given this award and this opportunity."