Young Alum of the Month: Chelsey Messerschmidt

Chelsey Messerschmidt
Title and Company: 
Clinical Research Assistant, Theriogenology and Reproductive Medicine at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Cedar Falls, IA
Major and Graduation Date: 
Animal Science, December 2007
Major Job/Position Responsibilities: 

My major responsibility is managing the in vitro fertilization (IVF) lab. Aside from the quality control IVF that is conducted on a weekly basis, we offer IVF services for client cattle. Oocyte, embryo, and semen research is also conducted in multiple species. In addition to the research, I schedule clinical appointments and assist in the clinics with assisted reproductive techniques. Services offered include bovine and equine embryo flushes, embryo transfers, and embryo freezing. We also provide transvaginal ultrasound guided follicle aspiration, cyst ablations, and semen collection and freezing in multiple species; bovine, equine, canine and small ruminants.

What you like most about your job/position: 

What I like most about my job is that each day brings something new. Research can go right or wrong which always keeps things interesting. We get to see fascinating cases and are fortunate enough to have state of the art equipment with which to diagnose these cases.

What advice would you give to current students: 

I would tell current students to get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself. Summer internships are a great way to meet new people and try something different. Iowa State holds the people and resources to help you find great internships that may open doors for the rest of your life. I wasn.t raised on a farm and had never worked with cattle until I got a summer internship in western Iowa learning about cattle embryo transfer. After that I was hooked on cattle assisted reproduction which helped to get me where I am today. The people you meet and the connections you make in college last a lifetime.

Favorite ISU Classes:

I had two favorite classes which sparked my interest and helped steer me towards my current career-Animal Science 331 Animal Reproduction and Animal Science 333 Embryo Transfer and Related Technologies.