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Blog: HSUS: Supporting humane shelters less than you think

Publication Date: 2/26/2015

Before I begin, let me introduce myself.  My name is Casey Whitaker and I graduated from Auburn University in December with a degree in agricultural communication before moving back home to Centreville, Virginia to intern with the Animal Agriculture Alliance. I am extremely fortunate to have landed an internship so soon after college and doing what I absolutely love – advocating for agriculture (and let’s face it, free rent for a few months is nothing to complain about).

Now, before you form any opinions about me, let me explain. I didn’t grow up on a farm, nor do I have family that farms. I open my bedroom window and can hear the cars zipping by on Route 29. You might be wondering, how did this girl end up working in the agriculture industry?

I grew up with the dream of becoming a veterinarian like a lot of children do. Then, chemistry happened and I changed my major like the majority of college students. I knew I wanted to stay within the College of Agriculture because it felt like home and I was truly interested in science and learning about agriculture and farming. I was always told I was a good writer, but it never dawned on me to seek a career where I could use my skill until someone introduced me to the agricultural communication program. It was like stepping foot on the Loveliest Village for the first time all over again (aka love at first sight, basically).

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