B.A. in English, New York University, 1993
M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University, 1996
1) Research Administrator at NYU Langone Medical Center, and 2) Consultant and writer, companion animal welfare topics. External to my position in the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Medical Center, I do consulting for animal sheltering organizations, primarily assisting animal shelters with performing needs assessments, program assessments and developing programs. I also write on occasion about topics relating to companion animal welfare and work on my own research projects in this area.
What were you doing before entering the Masters in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) program?
I worked in an animal shelter as both an animal caretaker and veterinary assistant.
What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
While working in animal sheltering, I became intrigued with delving deeper into the contributing factors of pet homelessness and pet relinquishment, with the goal of working on preventing pet homelessness. I was a member of the first MAPP class, and saw a great opportunity to study the nature of human-animal interactions and working on new strategies for keeping people and pets together successfully. In the years post-graduation, I worked in varied settings: as a research assistant in a veterinary oncology service; teaching veterinary ethics to veterinary technology students; and serving as VP of Operations for a humane society.
In what ways do you use your Masters in Animals and Public Policy degree in your current position?
At this stage in my career, I enjoy developing my own projects focusing on animals in the community and companion animal demographics, and assisting animal shelters with developing new and improved initiatives.
Tell us about your MAPP project or preceptorship. In what ways did it help you form your career goals?
For my thesis project, I collected shelter demographics data from shelters and animal control officers operating in Massachusetts, as well as population data on owned and free-roaming dogs and cats, and developed population flow models to describe the nature of pet homelessness in the state. The project initiated my strong interest in applying population studies to studies of human-animal interactions.
What did you like most about the MAPP program?
I really benefitted from the ability to work one-on-one with Tufts professors and MAPP fellows; the exposure to individuals making important contributions to the field; and the ability to pursue my own areas of interest.
Is there anything else you would like to share with prospective MAPP students?
There is a great deal of opportunity in our field for interesting, fulfilling work. Don’t be afraid to pursue your ideas- it’s the way we will continue to make positive change in our field.
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