Helene Flittie, VG23

Helene Flittie, VG23

Biography

Massachusetts

BA, French, Arts Administration (concentration in Communications), Simmons University (formerly Simmons College), 2016

Why did you choose to pursue this degree, and why did you choose Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine to pursue this degree?

I believe there’s an intersection between communications, public relations, and public policy that is crucial to understand and execute in order to tackle prominent animal welfare issues. In college I developed a deep interest in the role of public relations and how corporations and governments use it to influence public perception. I believe there is a way to apply the same communications/public relations theories to animal welfare issues, to manipulate public perception in order to change consumer habits, voting, pet purchasing vs adopting, and anything else that affects the animal welfare sphere.

After talking to the directors of a variety of different Communications masters programs, I felt that the Cummings School would give me the best education and opportunities to achieve my educational and career goals.

What are your career goals after completing the program?

As I mentioned previously, I believe there is a way to apply the same communications/public relations theories to animal welfare issues, to manipulate public perception in order to change consumer habits, voting, pet purchasing vs adopting, and anything else that affects the animal welfare sphere. I hope to find a career path that allows me to execute these ideas.