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Student Spotlight: Kaela Cooper

Kaela Cooper is a student in the Oklahoma State University Department of Animal and Food Sciences. Kaela is majoring in animal science with a degree option in livestock merchandising.
Student Spotlight: Kaela Cooper

Kaela Cooper

Meet Kaela Cooper!

Kaela grew up in Atascadero, CA. Her passion for the livestock industry began at age five when her parents signed her up for 4-H. She mainly showed cattle and goats throughout California in her youth and was able to go to a few national shows in high school. She was also very active in California FFA.

“When I was a sophomore in high school, I bought my first heifer to keep and breed. I now have a small herd of cattle, as well as goats, and I sell the offspring to local 4-H and FFA members. I enjoy assisting these exhibitors when I am home from school.”

After touring the Oklahoma State University Department of Animal and Food Sciences in high school, Kaela knew it was where she wanted to end up.

“I decided to come to Oklahoma State University as a transfer student from Modesto Junior College in California due to the amazing reputation of OSU’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences. When I toured OSU in high school, the department was very welcoming to me. I stayed focused on the goal of transferring to OSU, knowing it would be the right place for me.”

Since transferring last fall, Kaela was able to get involved in several different organizations on campus. She is the reporter for Block and Bridle, an ambassador for Leaders of Excellence in Animal and Food Sciences, and is involved with Agriculture Future of America.

“What I enjoy the most about the OSU Department of Animal and Food Sciences is the welcoming atmosphere and how helpful and friendly all of the staff are. As a transfer student, I was able to find ways to quickly get involved and have a positive experience.”

Kaela was also able to find internship opportunities through the department. She completed an internship with Cargill last summer and an internship for Oklahoma Youth Expo last spring. She found both to be a rewarding experience. Kaela is majoring in animal science with a degree option in livestock merchandising.

“I decided to major in animal science because I grew up raising and showing cattle and goats. I knew a degree in animal science would help me become more knowledgeable in the field that I am most interested in, which is animal agriculture. I chose livestock merchandising as my option because I plan to continue to expand and develop my herd of cattle and goats, so I felt the classes would be beneficial for my future.”

After graduating, she plans to start working in the animal industry in either animal feed sales or animal pharmaceutical sales. Kaela will also continue to breed and sell livestock and to stay involved in the show livestock industry through livestock sales and mentoring.

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Rebekah Alford
Animal and Food Sciences Communications
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078
Email: cowpokenews@okstate.edu

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