Jesse is a first year General Studies/Veterinary Technician Intent major with a career goal of becoming a veterinarian. Jesse has volunteered weekly for the past four years at his local veterinary clinic. Through these experiences, he became passionate about a career in veterinary science specifically the subjects of animal husbandry, behavior and classifications of animals. As an apprentice falconer, he helps to preserve the many populations of birds of prey. Jesse volunteers in his local community supporting the fire department. He is a member of the P.A.T.H (Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health) study, where he assists in research assessments that address the use tobacco and its effects on our health. Jesse is a sitting member on the Board of Directors of the Chazz Foundation which is dedicated to rescuing and re-homing German Shepherds. He supports and promotes this organization by setting up community events to raise money and awareness about the breed.
Ever since I was young I have had a desire to help animals and as I grew older that desire amplified. At the age of 14, I had the opportunity to volunteer at my local veterinary clinic and seeing the differences that can be made by a dedicated team was inspirational. It was what drove me to pursue a career dedicated to animal welfare and furthering awareness of animal health issues. Several years later I got involved with the Pennsylvania Game Commission working with falconry to help preserve the declining hawk population. As I continue with falconry I hope to propose ideas for new opportunities that falconers can take to preserve the environment and promote higher growth rates for hawks. I hope to continue to find even more avenues to promote animal welfare as I continue to strive toward my goals.