When asked why she chose a major in animal and veterinary science, Kate said, "I didn't have very much animal experience, but I thought working with animals would be fun. I figured that with this major, I could take some fun classes working with farm animals, but still get the basic sciences that I would need to apply for graduate or professional school."
During her time at URI, Kate has done more than just “take some fun classes” and hang out down at the University’s farm. She has taken advantage of the many opportunities within the department. One of Kate's important commitments is to the Animal and Veterinary Science Club, which she has been a member of since her freshman year. Kate served as the events coordinator last year and plans to remain active in the club during her final year at URI. As an AVS member, she has competed on the URI team for two consecutive years in a collegiate animal science academic competition.
Kate has also been involved in several research projects while at URI. During her junior year, she got involved with an undergraduate project that evaluated the effectiveness of several pain killers commonly used during tail docking of lambs. During lambing season, she spent many hours at Peckham Farm. Kate also participated in the Coastal Fellowship program. Under the direction of Dr. Katherine Petersson, Kate helped investigate the role of vitamin E in the immune function of pregnant ewes and their offspring. Kate collected blood, milk, and tissue samples from the study animals and will spend time in the lab evaluating the samples using ELISA and flow cytometry.
After graduation, Kate is looking to pursue graduate studies in reproductive physiology and endocrinology.