B.A Journalism, B.S. Environmental Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst– Commonwealth Honors College, 2014
M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University, 2019
What were you doing before entering the Masters in Animals and Public Policy program?
After college, I traveled to Cambodia and worked at a newspaper in Phnom Penh. I backpacked around Southeast Asia and had an incredible experience immersing myself in the different cultures of that region. After returning home and some soul searching, I decided I wanted to be a veterinarian. I worked as a vet tech for a year and a half and realized my role in the animal world may not be as clinical after all. I discovered this program in the midst of this realization, and it was love at first site!
What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
I have always been passionate about animals but struggled to find a way to combine my interests of writing, photography, and welfare work into a career. I never felt like I could work directly with the animals I loved while maintaining a creative outlet— I always felt like I had to choose. When I discovered this program, it opened my eyes to the opportunities available in the animal field. MAPP’s dynamic one health approach to animal issues enticed me, as did the opportunity to work on the communication skills that create arguments for effective policy change.
Interests in and experience with animals
I have volunteered at animal shelters periodically throughout my life. After college, I was a Primary Care Attendant at MSPCA, working with a heavy volume of cats and dogs, before I became a Veterinary Technician at a feline specialty hospital. During college, I interned at the National Marine Life Center as both a Communications and Animal Care intern, working to rehabilitate seals and turtles on Cape Cod. My love of photographing animals began when I had the opportunity to travel to Kruger National Park in South Africa and assist in a research project aimed at “cataloging” big cats in the reserve.
What are your outside interests?
I enjoy photography, writing, hiking, golf, fitness, and healthy cooking.
Number of pets? What?
One—a cat named Timon.