Master’s in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) Candidate 2017
BA in History, University of Vermont, 2011
Prior to MAPP
After a childhood spent largely outside of Philadelphia, Pietro graduated from the University of Vermont in 2011 with a BA in History. However, during his senior year he remembered that he had a deep, abiding love for animals, and that a life spent working for and with them in some capacity would be a life well lived. After a year living in Boston with some friends, he left the East coast for Mission: Wolf, a wolf sanctuary tucked into the mountains of Colorado. While there, he developed an affinity for the Rockies and the animals that live there, especially wolves. Upon moving back to the Boston area he started working at a holistic veterinary practice in Hopkinton, and when the commute started to wear away at his sanity he switched to a primary care practice much closer to home, in Somerville.
MAPP Interests & Goals
Although typically focused on wildlife advocacy and protection, Pietro has also recently become more interested in the issues surrounding ocean fisheries and our own eating habits. He is more than happy to recommend several books about these topics. However, one of the aspects of the MAPP program Pietro is most looking forward to is that it focuses on all types of animal/human interactions- it is partly what attracted him to the program in the first place. The other large draw is that a coworker at the wolf sanctuary graduated from the program a few years ago and raves about it.
Eventually, Pietro would like to run a wildlife sanctuary similar to the one he worked at previously; maybe a little closer to any semblance of civilization would be nice. However, he knows that he could probably make a greater impact for more animals working at a non-profit advocacy group or governmental organization tasked with wildlife protection, so that is a very real and exciting option for him as well.
Outside of work and school, Pietro enjoys reading, going to the movies, playing hockey, and hiking. So far this year he has summited Mansfield in Vermont and Sacagawea in Montana, and will shortly be going to Zion National Park to conquer the terrifying Angels Landing. He has no pets, and is fully aware of how bizarre that is.
- Virginia Shugrue
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.