Liza Balet '23

Hands-On Experiences Made All the Difference
Liza Balet with UNH dairy cow

Liza Balet '23 is a wildlife and conservation biology major and animal science minor from Ballston Spa, N.Y. Her drive to care for and protect animals has informed much of her studies at UNH and even led her to a mule deer ranch in South Dakota one summer, where she was responsible for bottle-feeding the fawns.

Liza was the recipient of the Caroline S. Wooster Scholarship.

COLSA: Why did you choose UNH?

Liza Balet: I chose UNH because I wanted a campus with hands-on animal experiences with a wide variety of course options and research opportunities. At UNH, I have been able to mold my courses to what I wanted. The location is also a plus, with the beach and mountains right next door.

COLSA: What's your major and what makes it interesting to you?

Liza: I am a wildlife and conservation biology major. I grew up spending a lot of time outside and with my love for animals, wildlife sparked my interest. I enjoyed the fact that a lot of my class time was spent outside learning valuable wildlife techniques. I also have a passion for working with livestock, and with my animal science minor I had the opportunity to continue to learn and work with many different livestock species.

COLSA: During your time at UNH, what are you most proud of?

Liza: I am most proud of the research I have done and the connections I've made working with Nancy Whitehouse doing amino acid research in the dairy barn. I was able to get amazing hands-on research and add to my animal handling skills. I was then able to present my findings at UNH’s Undergraduate Research Conference.

COLSA: What are you planning to do after graduation?

Liza: This summer I will be working as a cattle and sheep wrangler for large ranch in Wyoming. After that I plan to pursue a career in wildlife nuisance management working with farms and ranches on maintaining stable relationships with their surrounding wildlife.

Liza Balet caring for mule deers

COLSA: How is UNH preparing you to achieve your goals?

Liza: UNH has provided me with amazing hands-on opportunities in both wildlife and animal science. The broad course work choices allowed me to tailor my education to my career goals and interests.

COLSA: What do you love most about UNH?

Liza: I loved working closely with professors and making connections through course work and research opportunities. The professors are knowledgeable, approachable and care about the overall wellbeing of their students.