Exploring all Avenues

Dr. Allison Flinn ('14)

Allison Flinn was always focused on becoming a veterinarian and as an undergraduate at Iowa State University all of her energy was focused on getting into veterinary school. Then she met Dr. Howard Tyler who advised her to slow down and explore additional avenues and experiences. That advice led to a public policy internship with the National Pork Producers Council and a semester in Washington, D.C. "My time and energy up to that point had been spent in research and getting hands-on animal experience, but I hadn't yet realized there was so much more to explore in the wider animal health industry," Flinn said. Today Flinn is the executive director of value chain and consumer affairs at Merck Animal Health.