Senior Profile: Austin Prichard

Name: Austin Prichard
Hometown: Muskego, WI
Major: Dairy Science

Why did you decide to attend UW-Madison?
I had family history at UW-Madison. My father is an alumnus and received his Master’s for electrical engineering at Madison. He was very fond of the school and encouraged me to go here. I was interested in Madison’s scientific research community and the opportunities the UW provides for undergraduate research.

What has been your most memorable college experience?
The UW gave me a chance to work with dairy cattle for the first time in my life. My most memorable experiences are student managing Madison’s research herd in the Dairy Cattle Center, working the production side of the facility, and concurrently performing research on trial cows with the Hernandez lactation biology laboratory.

What has been your favorite course?
Dairy Science 305: Lactation Biology was my favorite course because I learned about how milk synthesizes in the mammary gland. Once I understood milk production, many dairy practices began to make more sense to me. I had a strong interest in lactation biology prior to taking the course.

What are your future career goals?
I applied to veterinary school this year and hope to work in dairy medicine. I am also interested in dairy based research. One day, I would like to have some of my own cows.