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Alyssa Wile

B.S., Health Science, Quinnipiac University, 2018
M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University, 2019

What were you doing before entering the Masters in Animals and Public Policy program?
I was studying at Quinnipiac University.

What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
What drew me into the MAPP program was the study of human and animal relationships. I think that these relationships are incredibly important and need further research in conservation efforts.

Interests in and experience with animals
The bond between human and animals is fascinating and we as a society must learn more about this bond. I think it will help to foster better animal practices and encourage conservation.
I have a pony, two goats, and a cat. They are the loves of my life. Lipton has Cushing’s disease, so I have spent a lot of time researching the disease! Petunia and Buttercup are twin goats. We rescued them almost nine years ago. They are always skipping around and looking for snacks. Sassy, the cat, is a little cloud on legs. I also had a hamster that I rescued from a college fraternity. Morty recently passed away but lived a happy and healthy life full of sunflower seeds.

What do you want to focus on at MAPP? What drew you to this?
I cannot wait to get started at Tufts and meet the people who share my passion for animals!
I like to approach the study of animals and humans from a biological, sociological, and psychological perspective. Tufts can help me blend and expand these ideas.

What are your career goals?
I want to study human and animal relationships to show how important animals are. I hope to do research about animal behavior, so we can create better policy for animals. My theory is that if we can show the similarities between humans and animals than it can promote protection for species other than humans. I think we tend to protect things that are like us. The more we can study animal emotions and behavior, the greater the conservation and welfare. While most tend to think I anthropomorphize animals, I believe that they truly share similar characteristics to humans. The idea of one health that encompasses both humans and animals is essential to all of our survival.

What are your outside interests?
I love to horseback ride, garden, sail, cook, hike, and explore the outdoors. I love bees despite being highly allergic to them. I hope to have my own apiary one day.

Number of pets? What?
Four pets!
Lipton (Welsh Pony)
Petunia and Buttercup (Nigerian Dwarf Goats)
Sassy (Himalayan Cat)

MS in Animals and Public Policy Student Externship and Research Poster Presentations 2019

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