Brady Zuck Internship

Brady Zuck
Animal Science Pre-Vet
Ladysmith, WI
Trans Ova Genetics
Sioux Center, IA

Describe your internship responsibilities:

I spent the summer working on the road with a team consisting of a veterinarian and an embryologist.  Each day, we made several stops at beef cattle operations.  On farm, we performed embryo flushing, embryo transfer, and in-vitro fertilization procedures.  As an intern, I was responsible for preparing the large amount of equipment needed to perform these procedures.  During the embryo transplant procedure, I administered epidurals to the cows before they entered the transfer chute.  I also thawed and loaded embryos into the transfer gun.  When assisting with embryo flushing and in-vitro fertilization procedures, I was responsible for setting up equipment, and handling the filters that collected the embryos or oocytes that were removed from the donor female.  Additionally, I was responsible for data management, including embryo, recipient cow, and client information.


What did you enjoy most about this internship?

I enjoyed learning a great deal about the field of bovine reproduction.  I also feel that I gained a great deal of experience in customer relations, as each day I met a new client.  Each client has a unique breeding program with different goals.  Trans Ova Genetics offers a wide variety of reproductive tools to meet the needs of each client.  I enjoyed seeing the many different cattle operations, and the high quality genetics of each.  In addition to learning about bovine reproduction, I also learned about more efficient ways to handle cattle to minimize stress.


How has this experience impacted your future career plans?

Prior to starting my internship, I was extremely interested in the field of bovine reproduction.  Now, I plan to complete my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, in order to work in the field of bovine reproduction.  This internship has inspired me to continue my education to one day operate my own bovine embryo transfer operation.


What resources did you utilize to obtain this internship?

Prior to career fair, I worked with my advisor, Dr. Curtis Youngs, and Mr. Mike Gaul, to prepare my resume and cover letter.  I visited with a Trans Ova Genetics representative at the Ag Career Day, who encouraged me to submit my application online.  I also utilized Dr. Youngs to learn more about the bovine reproduction procedures that Trans Ova Genetics performs, in order to become more knowledgeable about their company.


What advice would you offer to other students seeking similar internships?

I would encourage other students to spend a great deal of time preparing their resume.  I would also recommend that students research the companies they are interested in with great detail, as it will make for easier conversation with recruiters at the career fair.  Finally, determine what your strengths are, and market them to companies.  Let each company know what skills you bring to the table that will be an asset to their business.