Carla Weissend grew up in Alabama exhibiting purebred Hereford heifers and commercial feeder steers. She completed her B.S. in Animal Sciences and her M.S. in Beef Cattle Nutrition at Auburn University. Carla currently lives in Colorado where is working on her Ph.D. at Colorado State University in Meat Science/Food Safety under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Martin and Dr. Dale Woerner. She is currently conducting research on antibiotic alternatives in the feed lot and their effect on pathogens found in beef.