Lindsey North wanted to be a Gator since she was a little girl, but it was a high-school veterinary assisting class that solidified her interest in animal sciences.
“That allowed us to have a first-hand experience with livestock even in the middle of the city,” North said. “This fueled my passion for agriculture and animal sciences.”
North credits Dr. Jason Scheffler, assistant professor in the UF/IFAS Animal Sciences Department, for first exposing her to the field of meat science. She then took a course entirely devoted to meat science, which confirmed her career path and her specialized interest in poultry. North had the opportunity to attend the International Production and Processing Expo, the world’s largest annual poultry, feed, and meat technology exposition, where she had the opportunity to interview with Tyson Foods and gain an internship that led to employment.
North appreciates the animal sciences faculty and staff for being understanding and helping her succeed despite health setbacks.
“During fall semester of 2017, I fell and broke both my wrists,” North said. “Since then I have had two surgeries. That definitely has presented some hurdles in my career at the University of Florida, however, through amazing professors who were willing to work with me, I never had to take a semester off.”
After graduation, North will be starting at Tyson Foods, Inc. as an associate of poultry operations.
“Go at your own pace, there’s no use in stressing yourself out,” North imparted as advice to current and future CALS students. “We all end up with that degree in our hands. Have fun, get work experience while you’re in school, and find yourself. Find where you belong in the world.”
Animal sciences graduates work with the science and business of producing domestic livestock species or animal-related products. They may also pursue veterinary studies for future work with companion animals, livestock, or other species. Students study biotechnology, reproduction, genetics, nutrition, physiology, growth, behavior, management, and food processing. Find a CALS major that suits your interests by taking our majors quiz. You can also find information regarding our undergraduate and graduate programs on our website.