2014 BBS Leadership Group Shot  

The Leadership Program

Hannah Atkins




I was raised in a rural area in central Pennsylvania where I grew up showing chickens and pygmy goats in 4-H. Through the local 4-H poultry club, I learned about poultry and the outstanding Poultry and Avian Science Minor at the Pennsylvania State University, which led to pursuing a degree from Penn State. While an undergraduate, I had the privilege of working with many wonderful researchers on applied and molecular-based poultry health projects at Penn State. I also had the privilege of participating in a Marek’s disease vaccine pathogenicity and protective ability study at Texas A&M University, where I am currently a DVM student.


In my free time, I enjoy working with pygmy goats. I have a small non-breeding registered herd and am active in the local and national breed association. I am also very interested in culinary arts and love to cook, bake, and try new foods. When not in the kitchen, I am an avid outdoorsman and enjoy long-distance running with my dog.

Career Goal:

In the future, I hope to work with poultry-based research in an academic setting. I would like my research to ensure human health by protecting food animal health. My post-DVM goals include obtaining a Masters of Avian Medicine or PhD in Poultry Science to complete the requirements to become board certified in poultry medicine. I would also like to obtain an anatomic pathology residency with the goal of becoming board-certified in anatomic pathology. My ultimate career goal is to continue learning and sharing my enthusiasm for research with the next generation of researchers, especially those interested in animal health.