Jessica VanHook, DVM MPH, a 2005 graduate of UF’s Animal Science/Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program, is passionate about her career with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). As a Frontline Supervisor for the Food Safety and Inspection Service, she makes a difference in approximately four million lives each day.
“Every single day when I go into my job, I am making a difference. Some of these large plants that I’ve overseen will run one and half million pounds of beef or a million pounds of pork through that system. If you think about a million pounds of beef, well, that’s four million quarter pounders. That’s four million lives that I’ve impacted that day, because I can tell you everything about that hamburger – I can tell you exactly what was in it; I can tell you exactly how it was made; and I can tell you that it was handled properly that whole way through the system – from slaughter until it was put in the box and sent off to the restaurant.”
Dr. VanHook goes on to tell us more about her career and her UF experience. Click the video below to hear more….