B.S., Animal Science and Psychology, UMass Amherst, 2017
M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University, 2018
Public Engagement Coordinator at Compassion in World Farming (USA)
What were you doing before entering the Masters in Animals and Public Policy program?
I just graduated from my undergraduate degree the previous May, and was working at a veterinary hospital for the summer as a paid intern. (Veterinary Associates of Cape Cod)
What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
I was very much interested in the policy portion of the animal science world, and the flexibility of the degree appeared to lend itself to a variety of opportunities post-graduation.
Interests in and experience with animals
As a previous Animal Science major, I have worked with animals in a variety of settings: at a small animal hospital for a number of years during my school breaks since high school, in a UMass Amherst research study focused on pain management in lambs surrounding tail docking, and in the pasture as a student and teaching assistant for a beef cattle management course all four years of undergrad. In terms of my interests, they lie both clinically and politically. I very much enjoy working in a small animal clinic as a veterinary assistant, and would love to continue doing so, with hopes to possibly acquire my CVT at some point. However, I feel very strongly about the need to protect the environment from continuous degradation via agriculture and other human practices, and by entering a career of policy I hope to be able to do that.