Taking a Different Path

Dr. Tara Grinnage-Pulley (DVM ’09 & PhD ’13) Tara Grinnage-Pulley’s path as a veterinarian has taken her from Maryland to Tuskegee to Iowa State, then Iowa City and now back home in Maryland. Along the way, she has honed her research interests and veterinary skills that led her to a position as a veterinary medical officer with the National Cancer Institute, a division of the National Institutes of Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “I attempted to get as many experiences on both the veterinary and research sides, seeing as many different aspects of the profession as possible,” Grinnage-Pulley said. “But in the end, I couldn’t see myself just seeing patients. I wanted to make a bigger impact.”