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Sarah Claprood

Degree: B.S. Animal & Nutritional Sciences, Equine Studies minor with an emphasis in equine management, December 2011

Career: Claprood is a Pharmacy Technician at the VA Hospital in Lexington KY. Before working at the VA, Claprood worked as a Pharmacy Technician at BET Pharmacy, a veterinary pharmacy that specializes in compounding quality, controlled-release reproductive medications for the equine industry. She assisted the pharmacist during sterile compounding of equine reproductive hormones. Before working at BET Pharmacy, Claprood worked as a Veterinary Technician at Park Equine Hospital also located in Lexington, KY. Her favorite part of working at the hospital was caring for the patients in the barn, especially the "dummy" foals that had been deprived of oxygen during foaling. The recovery the foals could make with the proper care was truly miraculous and very rewarding.  

Internships/Working Student Experience: While attending West Virginia University, Claprood worked at the JW Ruby Research Farm in the horse unit where she gained horse handling experience and knowledge of pasture and stable management. In the summer of 2011, Claprood completed an intensive, week-long Racehorse Industry Tour course which prompted her to apply for the Kentucky Equine Management Internship (KEMI), a six-month internship program in the Thoroughbred farm industry. After graduation, she was accepted into KEMI where she worked at Lane's End Farm during the breeding/foaling season.

Claim to Fame: Claprood was the first student from West Virginia University to be accepted into the Kentucky Equine Management Internship program!

WVU Student Organizations: During Claprood's senior year, she was Vice President of the WVU Collegiate Horsemen's Association. This organization allowed her to meet other students interested in horses and helped prepare her for a career in the equine industry.  

About Attending WVU: "The time I spent at West Virginia University is filled with amazing memories. Working at the horse unit allowed me to put to use the knowledge I learned in the classroom. Take as many classes as you can that are specific to your major and to form relationships with your professors because they are there to help you succeed. Find your passion and make it a career, because if you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life.”