Coffee in the Barn Podcast 3. Being Open to Different Experiences

Most people think their path is linear. Go to school, get your degree and land your dream job. But what people neglect to consider are the forks in the road that can lead to great experiences.

In this episode, two successful young animal science professionals Dr. Nathan Horne and Dr. Sophy Parker Norman, share how being open to different experiences benefited their education and career in the Farming Industry.

What You’ll Learn

  • Having experience before going for a Master’s or Ph.D. Degree
  • Going International
  • Pros and Cons on taking the risk to live new experiences

About our Founder:

Casey Bradley Ph.D. is an Experienced Animal Scientist and Nutritionist that has worked with swine, poultry, ruminants, and pets. Specialties include product development, technical writing, and presentations, research, technical sales, mentoring, and networking. Academic training includes nutrition, immunology, and animal wellbeing. She has presented at large conferences in USA, Canada, Greece, and Denmark. Work experience includes farm management, research management, technical service and sales, regulatory, project management, and employee management.

About the Guests:

Dr. Sophie Parker Norman is a Globally experienced professional within the ruminant and monogastric feed industries. Expertise in ruminant nutrition, immunology, feed additives and nutritional services. Responsible for innovation in animal nutrition at Volac International, manufacturers of Megalac sustainable rumen-protected fat, Ecosyl silage inoculants, feed additives, and calf milk replacers.

Dr. Nathan Horn is originally from central Indiana and developed his passion for the swine industry during his 4-H career showing purebred pigs.  He earned a B.S in Animal Science and Biology, an M.S. in Poultry Nutrition, and a Ph.D. in Swine Nutrition and Physiology from Purdue. His graduate research programs were under the guidance of Drs. Layi Adeola and Kola Ajuwon.  Following his M.S. degree and during his Ph.D. program (2006 to 2016) Dr. Horn was employed in various roles at United Animal Health including formulation, nursery pig research and technical support, product development, and swine research management. From 2016 to summer 2020 he was employed at BioMatrix and served various roles supporting research, technical service, and business management.  During the Fall of 2020, he returned to United Animal Health as a Staff Scientist within the swine novel products division. Nathan’s professional interests include product development and validation and research model development especially as it pertains improving swine gastrointestinal function and mitigating mycotoxins.