College of Agriculture

Jennifer Tarbell

Choosing a career path was easy for this month’s student spotlight, Jennifer Tarbell. Tarbellis from Tulare County,where she grew up around agricultureespecially the livestock industry. Shewas an active FFA member participating in multiple judging teams, in addition to showing hogs at her local fair.

Jennifer TarbellTarbell had some challenges with raising and showing hogs. Unfortunately, each market hog she raised became sick. Determined to learn how to treat each disease, Tarbell studied the symptoms, potential diagnoses, and subsequent treatments to ensure she would be able to show her hog at fair. This sparked her interest in immunology.

Tarbell wants to pursue a career in veterinary medicine with a specialization in immunology. Her goal is to sharpen her analytical skills in order to advance the current understanding of animal health and care.

“I want to pursue the treatment of autoimmune diseases and make medications easily accessible and cheaper for pets and their owners,” said Tarbell.

Tarbell decided to come to Chico State after learning about the University’s student farm and the hands-on experiences the campus offers. Now, she is currently pursuing graduate school in the field of veterinary medicine.

She has been an intern at veterinary hospitals in her hometown, which has solidified her passion for animal well-being. In five years, her goal is to have graduated from veterinary school and begin her career journey.

Tarbell is the president of the Chico State Firearms club and a member of the Pre-Vet club. In her free time, she enjoys going on hikes in Bidwell Park with her dog and gardening when she finds time among her busy schedule. Tarbell’s only regret at Chico State is not getting more involved sooner, and she advises new students to learn from her mistake.

“Do not wait until your senior year to get involved, start joining clubs your freshmen year. As a senior looking back, I wish I was more involved.” Tarbell said.

Her favorite part about the College of Agriculture is the experiential learning the college provides. She is especially thankful for her animal science labs.

“I am not a book learner; I learn from the hands-on experiences, so it is so amazing that there is a school farm to do that at,” said Tarbell.

Tarbell’s favorite classes have been “Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals” and “Agricultural Genetics,” both taught by Professor Logan Smith. Smith has been an outstanding figure to Tarbell through encouraging her to do her best and pursue her passion for veterinary medicine.

Professor Logan Smith said, “Jennifer’s grit, commitment, and academic skill have impressed me. Also, her curiosity and engaging questions contributed to the classroom environment. Students like Jennifer make me want to be a better teacher.”