Joey Mielke

Joey was born and raised a Packer fan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He started his undergraduate career at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and then transferred to the University of Minnesota in his second semester. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in animal science, and gained interest in animal nutrition during his senior year when he began volunteering in the lab of Dr. Milena Saqui-Salces.

He is now pursuing his Master’s degree in animal science, specifically with a focus on swine nutrition, and is co-advised by Dr. Milena Saqui-Salces and Dr. Gerald Shurson. His research focuses on microalgae, specifically investigating its effect on growth performance and health status in nursery pigs. Joey hopes to use the knowledge that he gains within the program to move on to exotic animal nutrition, which is where his true passion lies. Specifically, he hopes to be a zoo nutritionist, and help the amazing exotic animals that habitat the incredible zoos across the country.

In his free time, Joey enjoys playing the drums, or any other musical instrument that he can get his hands on.  He also has a passion for comedy and tries to attend as many comedic performances as possible. Last, but certainly not least, he spends as much time as he can with family and friends, because without them he would not be where he is today.