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Meredith Blanchard

Education:
B.S., Zoology, Colorado State University (CSU), 2010
M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University, 2017

Current Position:
Public Policy Coordinator at The Humane Society of the United States

What were you doing before entering the MAPP program?
Before joining the MAPP program I was the Corporate Volunteer Engagement Coordinator at Mile High United Way. In my free time I fostered dogs through a local volunteer-run, foster-based rescue, PawsCo.

What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
I was drawn to the MAPP program after surfing through my favorite animal welfare websites and seeing the MAPP program mentioned in articles or as part of an educational background for people in positions I aspired to. Having never heard of the program, I checked it out online and immediately knew that this was the program I had been searching for in order to better position myself for a career within the animal welfare world.

Interests in and experience with animals:
While studying Zoology at CSU, I spent a summer volunteering at El Puma Wildlife Refuge in Argentina and helped with the care, rescue and release of animals back to their native habitat in the Amazon Rainforest. I was also able to intern at the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species in New Orleans for a summer where I was an Exotic Animal Intern and cared for the animals that were being held for reproductive research. Throughout school I also volunteered at outreach events for a local dog rescue and coordinated various adoption events.
After school I got a job at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley where I learned a lot about the sheltering world working as an animal care specialist, client service specialist, vet receptionist and eventually the Coordinator of the Volunteer Department.
After three years at HSBV I got a job with a human welfare organization but got my animal fix by fostering small dogs and helping with Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) efforts in the Denver community.
My interests are pretty wide-ranging. I am passionate about captive wildlife and animals in entertainment, animal trafficking, sheltering practices, breed-specific legislation (BSL) and companion animal population control.

What are your outside interests?
I love to scuba dive, hike, rock climb (easy courses only!), read historical fiction, I am a bit of a gym rat, I like to camp, check out new restaurants and travel when I can.

Number of pets? What?
Addie: rescue cat, loves to lay on your chest right when you are about to get off the couch.
Kola: rescue dog, looks like she belongs in Whoville, was a stray in Mexico.

MS in Animals and Public Policy Student Externship and Research Poster Presentations 2017

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