2022 Student Scholarship Winner: Megan Hoover

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Published on: December 6, 2022

I was honored to be able to attend the 2022 AETA and CETA/ACTE joint annual convention in Louisville, Kentucky. From the moment I arrived, everyone was warm, welcoming, and willing to share information and answer my many questions about advanced reproductive techniques. My goals for the meeting were to seek out professionals in the industry who might be willing to act as a source of mentorship during my years as a new graduate, as well as speak with different supply companies to gain knowledge on equipment needed for future use. I can wholeheartedly say that every person I spoke with was willing to serve as a mentor or source of information, and I cannot express my gratitude enough for the members of this organization and their camaraderie. I was also able to speak with veterinary and PhD students who share the same aspirations and passion as me.

I attended the “Oocyte and IVF Embryo Evaluation” preconference seminar, and it was incredibly insightful and educational. I was also directed to several online resources that can assist me in improving my staging and grading skills. Being exposed to different lectures that presented the latest research and recommendations was an incredible experience and can serve as a helpful resource. 

The knowledge gained from this conference is invaluable to my career in cattle reproduction, which will begin in just a few short months. I want to thank the AETA for this opportunity and their generosity in sponsoring my convention experience. I cannot wait to give back to this organization in the years to come, and I hope to see everyone again next year!

Megan Hoover

Purdue University

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