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Purdue University Successful Alumni Feature

Amanda Minton

Year of Graduation:
Bachelor of Science (2005); Purdue University
Master of Science (2009); University of Missouri

Degree(s) & University:
Animal Sciences (BS)
Animal Science/Reproductive Physiology (MS)

Major:
Agricultural Economics
Journalism

Employer:
The Maschhoffs

Job title & brief description of position:
Reproductive Technology Manager
1) Responsible for developing and supporting a talented team of boar stud managers. 2) Accountable for the production, performance and quality control of 4 boar studs supplying semen to 200,000 sows. 3) Responsible for driving research and implementation of reproductive and genetic technologies.

Favorite aspect of career:
Working with people who are passionate about the swine industry and who get excited about coming to work every day.

What was your ideal career when you graduated high school?:
When I graduated high school I wanted to be involved in animal agriculture and, at the time, the only avenue I knew to pursue was to become a veterinarian. Once I was exposed to animal science courses at Purdue it soon became apparent there were a vast number of other opportunities that I would enjoy much more.

What helped you to prepare for your current career?
Exposure to animal agriculture through 4-H/FFA and the animal science courses I took served as a basis, but the choice I made to work in production immediately after my undergraduate education provided a solid foundation for the role I’m in today. Once I started working and really understood where I wanted to be in the swine industry, getting a master’s degree was the next step and helped to propel me on my current career path.

Are internships or full time opportunities available through your company?:

Yes, we have internships each summer and are always looking for good people to fill full-time positions.
If yes, how would a student apply for this position?:
Apply online at http://www.themaschhoffs.com/

What advice would you give to Purdue Animal Science students interested in your field?:
Do everything you can to get into a barn and get your hands dirty, even if that’s not where you want to be long term. You will learn a tremendous amount working in production that you can’t in a classroom or from a textbook. It will also help you understand what you’re really passionate about and give you the credibility and experience you need to land a future job.