College of Agriculture

Heather Foxworthy

Animal Science

Growing up on a ranch, Heather Foxworthy is no stranger to hard work and dedication, two traits she has carried with her throughout her scholastic career. These skills ultimately earned the 2017 Star Student in Animal Science an internship at the Colorado State University John E. Rouse Beef Improvement Center in Saratoga, Wyoming.

Like many students, when Foxworthy graduated high school she was not quite sure which direction she wanted to take her studies. While at Sierra College she was drawn to a career in agriculture, so she began to work for her associate's degree in sustainable agriculture, transferring to CSU, Chico in the fall of 2015 to pursue her bachelor's degree in animal science.

Foxworthy was on the team that made Chico State history by winning both the regional and national American Society of Animal Science Academic Quadrathlons in 2016 and went on to win the 2017 National Cattlemen's Beef Association Intercollegiate Beef Bowl.

"Foxworthy was a go-getter the moment she stepped on campus. She knew where she wanted to go and was willing to put in a lot of work to get there," Animal Science Professor Patrick Doyle said. "Her involvement through her academics has led to her connections with Colorado State, where she is currently interning and will enter graduate school."

Yet if you ask Foxworthy, she will give the credit to the College of Agriculture.

"Through Chico State, my knowledge of livestock management and experiences has increased immensely," said Foxworthy. "The combination of in-depth courses and hands-on labs have set me up to be well rounded in livestock care and management."

Even more so, it was her animal science courses, specifically genetics and reproduction that led Foxworthy to want to pursue a master's in animal breeding and genetics. In August, she will start her graduate student assistantship in the Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics at Colorado State University.

Foxworthy hopes eventually to work for a breed association or in ranch management, using the knowledge she gained throughout her academic career to improve the beef industry.

Heather Foxworthy