Alumni Profiles - Meet Haley Wyatt
Hometown: Georgetown, DE
Year of Graduation: 2011
Major: Animal Science
Minors: Food and Agribusiness Marketing & Management
Undergraduate Campus Involvement: Intramural soccer, Project Sunshine
Current Position of employment:
Management trainee at Mountaire Farms
Describe your best College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) Experience.
My best CANR experience was learning how to milk a cow. Unfortunately, the cow I chose to learn on had mastitis. I got a little more education than I bargained for.
What was your favorite Ag course and why?
My favorite Ag course was Intro to Animal Science ANFS101. This course introduces students to a variety of animal species while providing an interactive lab to supplement the course material. It gives students a chance to figure out which species they like best.
Tell us about your current position or program of study and what lead you to that field.
In my current position as a management trainee, I travel through the company learning the process of this vertically integrated poultry company from the breeders to export. Meanwhile, I am also enrolled in management classes to prepare me for the next step of becoming a supervisor. I stumbled into the poultry industry after a previous internship with a competing poultry company and decided not to go to vet school.
How did your CANR experience prepare you for your current job or post-graduate education?
Obtaining a career in my field of study has in more than one case allowed me to utilize my education from UD’s CANR. Specifically, my Intro to Animal Science 101 and Poultry Production classes have given me information that I use on a daily basis. My Agribusiness minor has given me the business background that I need to be successful both on the farm and in the office.
What advice do you have for students interested in your field?
I would encourage future CANR students to seek various internships throughout their college career. Choose internships that give you a range of experiences within your field of study. They give you a taste of what you will encounter in your career while allowing you to network and in some cases even help you get your foot in the door.