Master’s in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) Candidate 2017
B.A., Psychology, Sociology. Flagler College, 2014
What were you doing before entering the MAPP program?
Volunteering at MSPCA Angell in Boston, Massachusetts most recently. After I graduated from college, I moved to Massachusetts to figure out what I was going to do. I was researching programs to become a drug and alcohol counselor; however, I started volunteering with an organization that works closely with small animals and I realized I needed to find a career that allowed me to work with animals.
What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
When I first learned about the program, I wasn’t quite sure of what it entailed. But when I visited campus for the Open House, that is when I decided this program was for me. I love how small it is, and it seems to provide a very tight network of people who all have a passion for animals like myself. It is unique, and I have never heard of another program like this one.
Interests in and experience with animals
I have always had animals in my life, growing up we rescued all kinds of small pets. Caring for them and having them around was a comfort to me. I started working with them this past year during my volunteer experience with an organization called The Nature Connection. We connected At-Risk Youth with all kinds of small animals and it was amazing to see how powerful and healing animals can be for some people.
What do you want to focus on at MAPP? What drew you to this?
My main interests are in Farm Animal Welfare, but I feel that I should go into the program with an open mind. I have been an on and off vegetarian for years, but recently decided that I could never go back to eating meat with the way it is produced. Basically, my eating habits and love for farm animals led me to my interest in this topic.
What are your career goals?
I am not too sure what I’d like to do yet… I can only hope that I end up with a job that truly makes a difference to better this world for animals. Ideally, I would love to have laws enacted that changed factory farming practices to eliminate cruelty to their animals. It’s a long stretch, but any progress towards that would be incredible. I would also love to bring awareness to the public about how their food is produced and about alternative ways to eat and live without supporting the factory farm industry.
What are your outside interests?
My second love in life is dancing! I also enjoy baking, working out, crafting, and making jewelry.
Number of pets? What?
I rescued a Chihuahua/Italian Greyhound mix 2 years ago, named Omi, and she is the love of my life. I also have a bearded dragon named Huxley, and a Beta fish named Tomato.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
I am really excited to start this program and connect with others who share the same interests as I do! I have heard such good things about MAPP, and I can’t wait to learn and expand my knowledge in this field.
MS in Animals and Public Policy
The MS in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) is an intensive, 12-to-16-month graduate degree program that focuses on human-animal relationships and their implications for policy and community action.
Center for Animals and Public Policy
The mission of the Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy (CAPP) is to conduct and encourage scholarly evaluation and understanding of the complex societal issues and public policy dimensions of the changing role and impact of animals in society. Work conducted by the Center is based on the tenets that animal well-being matters, that animal and human well-being are linked, and that both are enhanced through improved understanding of human-animal relationships.