Dan Finnegan Student Profile

Dan Finnegan


  • BS in Computer Science, United States Naval Academy, 2002
  • Master of Science in Engineering, Computer Science, The Johns Hopkins University, 2009

Student Groups at Tufts:

  • Tufts Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Wildlife, Aquatic, Zoo Animal, and Exotic Medicine Club

Choosing the Cummings School:

I chose Tufts for my veterinary education because it most closely aligned with my interests, and Tufts values diversity of background. While some of us come straight from school, others have had very unique experiences over the years. I hope to contribute in numerous ways, both professionally and by sharing past experiences.

Before Entering Veterinary School:

I spent the last 10 years on Active Duty in the Navy. I earned my wings in 2004 and subsequently flew the MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter for the next four years. I had numerous opportunities to contribute positively to the world, through rescues on rooftops in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, to helping villagers in Central and South America with their basic health needs. On that deployment, I was fortunate to see how central a role animals play to the people’s lives, and I wanted to be in a position to help in the future.

Career Path:

I am currently enrolled in the DVM/MPH program with the hope that I will be better able to integrate the principles of One Health into practice and policy. I hope to join the ranks of Army veterinarians and continue to help the world in a truly borderless fashion.

The Year Ahead:

I love science! To me, science is about solving problems, learning new things, and being able to extrapolate to new applications. I am looking forward to the interconnectedness of the courses, the practical applications, as well as the continued building of my base of scientific knowledge. I would love to integrate my knowledge of Computer Science into this field, if the opportunity presents itself.

Favorite Vet School Experience So Far:

My favorite activity has actually been the Problem Based Learning course. It gives us a great opportunity to investigate new options, work collaboratively, and solve a puzzle while using clinical style information.

Favorite Thing About Campus:

I wasn’t allowed to walk on the grass during my undergraduate experience. I think being able to walk and sit on the grass is quite a novelty.