Karin Allenspach received her veterinary degree from the University of Zurich. She did an internship in small animal emergency medicine and critical care at Tufts University and a residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She was awarded a PhD in veterinary immunology from the University of Bern, Switzerland, for her work on canine chronic enteropathies. She is a Board certified Internist and currently appointed as professor of Internal Medicine and Translational Health at Iowa State University, USA. Her research focuses on canine epithelial organoids as translational models.