CSU, Chico

Kate Daley, Animal Science

Kate Daley, Animal Science

Kate Daley, a junior in animal science with an emphasis in pre-veterinary medicine, will be spending the spring 2012 semester thousands of miles away from her home in a study abroad program at Università degli Studi della Tuscia in Viterbo, Italy.

During her semester in Italy, Daley will complete her upper division theme and take an agriculture ecology class. Daley said “I grew up in Northern California and plan to practice veterinary medicine here when I am done with school, so I decided to study abroad to experience living in a different culture while I have the time and opportunity available.”

After being accepted into the study abroad program, Daley was browsing online for scholarships to help fund her adventure. Daley found a $12,500 Farm and Ranch Heritage scholarship through the American Quarter Horse Foundation. She was surprised with a letter from AQHF informing her that she was not selected for that scholarship but had instead been selected for the prestigious $25,000 Excellence in Equine and Agricultural Involvement Scholarship.

One criterion for the AQHF scholarship was academic achievement, and applicants must have a 3.5 or higher GPA. Daley had the academic achievement requirement covered. Coming to CSU, Chico as a freshman, Daley was accepted into the honors General Studies Thematic program. She was able to complete all of her GE in one year, which on average takes students two years to finish.

When she’s not busy in class or buried in homework, Daley is very active in the College of Agriculture and around campus. She is a member of the Young Cattlemen’s Association and often helps out with the YCA monthly barbeque fundraiser. She also attends Cattlemen’s conventions and participates in their meetings. Daley is also a member of the Pre-veterinary Club and is a student grader for her father, Associate Dean Dave Daley.

“One of my favorite things about the College of Agriculture is that there is always something going on,” said Daley. “It’s very easy to get involved and meet people, and the professors encourage you to do so.”

Daley was raised in Oroville, Calif. on her family’s ranch, where she and her two brothers are sixth-generation Butte County cattle ranchers. Through her background in the beef industry, Daley knew she wanted to be a food animal veterinarian. “I have worked for vets before, and working with cats and dogs just didn’t fit,” said Daley. “I really like working with livestock.”

While attending Las Plumas High School in Oroville, Daley was active in Future Farmers of America. She raised and showed market swine for the Butte County Fair. “I really enjoyed raising and showing hogs because of the intense competition,” said Daley.

When she wasn’t tending to her hogs, Daley could be found riding her competitive reining horses. She showed her horses in the National Reining Horse Association and the West Coast Reining Horse Association. Daley also enjoys using her American Quarter Horses for every aspect of ranch work. Upon entering college, Daley made the difficult decision to stop showing her horses and commit to her schoolwork at CSU, Chico.

After graduating from CSU, Chico, Daley hopes to go on to vet school at the University of California, Davis.  After vet school, she wants to practice veterinary medicine in Northern California and stay close to her home and family ranch.