Butler Tech Program: Equine Science
Graduation Year: 2014
Instructor: Tim Spoerl
Hanne Goetz is a 2014, Butler Tech graduate of the Equine Science program at the Monroe Campus, Natural Science Center. After graduation, Hanne moved to Guelph, Ontario to pursue a Bachelor of Science, honors degree in Animal Biology at the University of Guelph. During this time, Hanne found a passion for Epidemiology, a branch of medicine that deals with the incidence, distribution, and possible control of diseases and other factors relating to health. Hanne decided not to apply to veterinary school as she had once dreamed but instead pursue graduate studies. She soon began her Master of Science degree in Epidemiology in the Department of Population Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. Hanne’s thesis focused on validating/developing novel methods of predicting disease in male dairy calves that would allow for earlier detection of illness and more targeted treatment of these animals. Currently, Hanne has turned her focus toward a Ph.D. project, which she will combine with additional fieldwork, again related to predicting and preventing disease in dairy calves. Outside of class, Hanne is a campus tour guide, graduate teaching assistant, and she raises and trains service dogs.
Why did you decide to come to Butler Tech as a high school student?
“I decided to attend Butler Tech as a high school student because at the time I was interested in becoming a mixed-animal veterinarian. I had grown up with horses and was active in 4-H so when I was presented with the opportunity to have a hands-on learning experience with these animals as part of my daily high school routine, I couldn’t pass it up.”
Tell us a little about your time at Butler Tech’s Natural Science Center.
“While at Butler Tech, I enjoyed getting out of a physical classroom and going out to work with the horses every day. Outside of academics, I was president of our FFA chapter and regularly participated in horse judging competitions, including the state competition.”
“Being a student at Butler Tech allowed me to not only learn a lot about horses, but I was also able to develop leadership skills that set me up for future involvement in similar roles in organizations during my undergraduate and graduate career.”
What advice would you offer to current Butler Tech students?
“I would recommend making the most of your time at Butler Tech by getting involved outside of the classroom and taking advantage of any new opportunities that may come your way! It can be really easy to just stay in your comfort zone, but trying new things outside of your “bubble” is how you’ll really be able to grow and set yourself up for an awesome career afterward. It sounds cliché, but don’t be afraid to challenge yourself and try new things (or go new places).”