2014 BBS Leadership Group Shot  

The Leadership Program

Ellen Hart




Growing up in Davenport, Iowa, in a house just a short walk from the Mississippi River, my family had a variety of animals that maintained my curiosity in the veterinary profession. Never batting an eye in my pursuits, I attended the University of Wyoming (UW) in Laramie for my bachelor’s of science in physiology. During my undergraduate years I had wonderful opportunities to experience different facets of the veterinary profession at the Saint Louis Zoo and an emergency small animal veterinary clinic. At UW I also received an EPSCoR research grant, which allowed me the opportunity to pursue my growing interest in research, and was hired as a physiology teaching assistant where I had a chance to nurture my other budding curiosity, teaching. I was graciously admitted to Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine with growing interests in the more non-traditional aspects of the profession. Between my first and second years of veterinary school, I accepted a position at FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), which elucidated my interest in public policy, a facet of veterinary medicine that combines my interests in research and teaching with a wonderful opportunity to affect change.


I love to be doing things, whether running, hiking, sports, playing my flute and violin, or cooking and baking as a creative outlet after classes. I am currently training for the Tough Mudder, a 7-11 mile running course laden with 13 obstacles. Fun, insane or both? In the kitchen, I enjoy trying new recipes and combining aspects of multiple recipes into unique combinations, which are typically edible. Whatever the activity, I enjoy learning new things, taking on challenges, and putting creative twists on the classics.

Career Goal:

My career goals are constantly evolving. Research, teaching and public policy are currently piquing my interest, but I’m still unsure how I would like to pursue these interests upon graduation with my DVM. Currently, I am considering pursuing a PhD or working for the FDA as I earn a MPH. I am excited to see how my summer with the Cornell Leadership Program continues to help me mold and hone my interests