B.A., Biology, Bates College, 2016
M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University, 2018
Community Animal Welfare Specialist at MSPCA-Angell
What were you doing before entering the Masters in Animals and Public Policy program?
After graduating in May 2016, I started as a research animal specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital, where I took care of the lab animals involved in medical research. After being accepted into MAPP, I resigned from Mass Gen and completed a summer internship in visitor education at the New England Aquarium, where I had the opportunity to educate visitors about the ocean, its inhabitants, and climate change.
What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
I hadn’t seriously considered going to grad school until I read about MAPP! The curriculum looked like a blend of all of my animal-related interests, including animal care, scientific education, and animal advocacy.
Interests in and experience with animals:
I grew up helping to take care of my family’s dogs and cats (most notably as the de facto tick remover). I also inherited a passion for home aquariums from my grandfather. My first professional experience with animals came when I became involved with Animal Embassy, an exotic pet rescue center that provides educational outreach. After 6 years at Animal Embassy, I completed animal care internships at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk and Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. I also took a course in captive raptor (bird of prey) management at Cornell University. As a result, I have experience with everything from big cats, marine mammals, and birds of prey to alligators, monitor lizards, and sharks. I also did my senior thesis on bumblebee cognition!