Portrait of Jenna Tompkins
Dr. Brian Dolan
Perrydale, OR
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

When I was nine years old, I begged my parents for a horse... so we got some goats. I have always held a love for animals, but my fondness for large animals began when my family purchased five Boer goats, and I began to show them in 4-H. Over time I developed a breeding program, and my herd grew to more than 40 animals. Once in high school, I joined FFA where I had the opportunity to hold leadership positions, successfully compete in master showmanship three times, and compete at the national level in goat production. During my sophomore year of high school, I added sheep to my list of projects. Showing lambs at the fair allowed me to further learn about ruminant digestion.
Soon after I completed my junior year I began working at a local cat shelter. I learned how to draw blood, provide pre-operative care, give vaccines, and assist with vitals during surgery. I have greatly enjoyed gaining hands-on experience while working with felines and veterinarians. This opportunity has further encouraged me to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.
This fall, I will be an incoming Freshman at OSU. I am very honored to be a part of the Pre-Veterinary Scholar program, and I am excited to work with animals and continue to grow in this area. I am especially thankful to have such a knowledgeable mentor to help guide me.