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Carly Mercer

Education:
B.S., Biological Science, Elizabethtown College, 2017
M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University, 2018

Current Position:

Humane Education and Adoptions Associate at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

What were you doing before entering the Masters in Animals and Public Policy program?
Before entering the Masters in Animals and Public Policy program I was attending school at Elizabethtown College earning my B.S. in Biological Sciences. Along with getting my degree I spent the last year of school volunteering at wolf sanctuary near my school. This summer and last, I worked at a kennel free dog daycare/boarding facility. (Team Member, Paws N’ Play)

What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
When I found out about the master programs available at Tufts, coming across the MAPP program gave me a sense of direction. I didn’t know what I wanted to do post-graduation, however I did know I wanted to help, rescue, or advocate for animals. The fact that this degree is only a yearlong appealed to me because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to pursue a graduate degree. While this master’s degree only lasts a year, the classes should give me a better idea of the direction I want to go with my career.

Interests in and experience with animals
I have interests in working with wildlife, wildlife in captivity, and human animal relationships. Volunteering at a wolf sanctuary exposed me to advocating for animals along with the process and laws surrounding animals in captivity. Working at a dog daycare has also peaked my interest in the human animal relationship. In both the wolf sanctuary and dog daycare I got to witness wildlife and companion animal behavior regarding interactions with humans and fellow animals.

In what ways do you use your MAPP in your current position?
In my current job I use a lot of skills that I gained during the Companion Animal Module of Animals and Society. The MAPP program provided me with knowledge on various companion animal issues and perspectives, which helps me navigate and understand visitors to the shelter and adoptions. Even though I lacked experience within an animal shelter, I feel that the MAPP program provided me with an inside perspective.

Tell us about your MAPP project or preceptorship. In what ways did it help you form your career goals?
My MAPP program externship was an amazing opportunity for me. I was an intern for the Humane Education Director at Humane Rescue Alliance in DC. This exposed me first hand to humane education and confirmed my decision in pursuing a career in the field. I felt more confident in teaching kids and curriculum design through my participation in summer camp. I have goals in creating forms of evaluation and working with other humane educators to implement evaluations. This wouldn’t have sparked my interest if I had not written a research paper on humane education to conclude my externship and my degree.

What did you like most about the MAPP program?
The thing I liked most about the MAPP program was being exposed to different guest speakers who would give in great detail information on their field and job. This really exposed me to all of the options available to me and provided me with information to connect with other animal advocates, even when the issues are outside of my field.

Is there anything else you would like to share with prospective MAPP students?
I was a MAPP student that had no idea what they were going to do with this Masters degree, and even after the second semester of classes ended I wasn’t quite sure. I think the more open you are to listen to others perspectives the more you get out of the program. Just like with any other degree, what you put into it is what you get out of it. I wish I had been more prepared starting the program with networking. I waited until after I graduated to get a LinkedIn profile, but I would highly suggest setting up one and really following up with guest speakers that peak your interest.

MAPP Externship: Humane Rescue Alliance: Humane Education and Humane Law Enforcement

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