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Kathryn (Baker) Young

Education:

B.A. in English Literature, UMass Amherst, 2003
M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University, 2016

Current Position:

Veterinary Assisting Instructor, Worcester Technical High School.
I am responsible for the teaching and supervision of students in the Animal Science program.
I’m really happy that I get to stay in the area and be a part of the central Massachusetts community, helping kids, animals and the underserved. It really doesn’t get better than that!

What were you doing before entering the Masters in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) program?

For ten years I was a vet tech, with my last four years of practice spent at Tufts. I loved my job, and I loved being able to help animals and the people who care for them. However, my lifelong goal has been to educate and advocate for animal welfare and the human-animal bond, and I didn’t feel that working as an LVT would adequately satisfy that need.

What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?

I’m no stranger to Tufts! I worked here, I volunteer with Tufts Paws for People, but the program seemed as though it was designed for people like me who want to work with animals, but not necessarily in the veterinary field. The access to the wealth of knowledge on campus and the DIY structure of the program really allowed me to make of it what I wanted.

In what ways do you use your Masters in Animals and Public Policy degree in your current position?

My current job is heavy in the administrative duties of a nonprofit organization. The experience I gain here will be easily transferable to an animal-based nonprofit. I am also working towards creating patient service programs at Dana-Farber that focus on the human-animal bond. Plus, Drs. Rutberg and Mann will be pleased to know that I frequently have at least one Excel spreadsheet open, and I am thrilled to know all the tricks I learned in Stats last year (despite my hemming and hawing).

Tell us about your MAPP project or preceptorship. In what ways did it help you form your career goals?

My internship at IFAW was a huge predictor for my career endeavors. I worked for one month as an intern in the Companion Animal Program, building templates to enhance communicative efforts between their department and Philanthropy. Working so closely with both groups provided me with a clear look into the makings of a successful nonprofit organization. During my internship I learned that anyone can have as many ideas as they like, but they need the resources to make them happen. Each department at IFAW was essential to its ability to thrive as a successful nonprofit organization, and I realized that a holistic understanding of each department would be beneficial to my ability to lead one in the future.

What did you enjoy most about participating in MAPP?

I’m older than the traditional grad student, and a one-year program was very enticing. I loved the small class, I loved our open and honest professors. I loved that we were able to focus on our specific areas of interest, but also be open to others as they revealed themselves.

What are your outside interests?

Being outside with cool people and dogs, audiobooks (due to the 3hr commute each day), eating and exercising so I may eat more, live music, camping, traveling to see friends and their babies. And, who are we kidding? Netflix–I would not have made it through grad school without you!

Number of pets? What?

One tripod golden retriever and three kitties. Towards the end of summer I’m planning to start working with NEADS and their weekend puppy socialization program ☺, so there will be even more hair in the house. We will most likely be investing in a second Roomba.

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