Master’s in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) Candidate 2017
College of Saint Rose, Criminal Justice, 2014
What were you doing before entering the MAPP program?
I was an assistant at a law firm in Albany county and volunteered at my local animal shelter.
What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
I have always been interested in public policy and loved the focus of animal rights issues into public policy. I was actually planning on going into law school before I saw this program but was drawn to the focus on animal advocacy and the fact that the program was only a year!
Interests in and experience with animals
I have volunteered at my local animal rescue group as a Clinic Coordinator, I have volunteered for In Defense of Animals as a blogger. I also have two cute and crazy cats at home!
I am interested most in the fight to end animal testing and have worked in this area before but I am interested in many different forms of animal advocacy.
What do you want to focus on at MAPP? What drew you to this?
I want to focus on the public policy side and the idea of using legislation as a tool to create macro level change for animals.
What are your career goals?
I would love to work for an animal rescue group as a Public Policy Specialist or lobbyist.
Maybe even go to law school later on and become an Animal Rights attorney.
What are your outside interests?
I like to hike, read books and being outside in general.
Number of pets? What?
I have two cats, Toothless and Boots. Toothless does have teeth, he just looks almost exactly like the dragon in How to Train Your Dragon.
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.