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Esther Lam

Master’s in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) Candidate 2020

B.A., English and Biology, Amherst College, 2013

What were you doing before entering the Masters in Animals and Public Policy program?
I was a student at St. George’s University for Fall Semester 2017 in their Foundation to Veterinary Medicine program. I then took time after to focus on grad school applications and taking the GRE exam. I also spent the summer volunteering at Green Cross Veterinary Hospital in Macau.

What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
I was drawn to the availability of choosing between pursuing a research track or an applied track. As of right now, I am excited to follow the applied track so that I can experience and see the possible career paths I can pursue. I am also heavily drawn to learning more about the policy aspect to animal health especially anything pertaining to the international level. The availability and helpfulness of the administration and faculty has also played a big part in my decision to join the program.

Interests in and experience with animals
I had previously volunteered at a local animal shelter in Guam for 3 years. Later on I volunteered at a vet clinic (Animal Medical Clinic) and was then employed part time as a veterinary assistant for 2 years. I had always wanted to pursue veterinary medicine and work with animals from a young age. I want to be able to broaden my knowledge on how I can help animals and also connect with the human interaction aspect of it all.

What do you want to focus on at MAPP? What drew you to this?
As of right now I don’t have any specific focus in mind. However, I am very interested in possibly focusing on wildlife and animal welfare, especially on an international level. I have always been intrigued by how different types of upbringing and cultural influences affect the human-animal relationship throughout the world and how public policies play a role in it.

What are your career goals?
I would like to continue to pursue my career goal is becoming a veterinarian in the future. I want to be able to help animals and also promote healthy human-animal relationships wherever I may end up working or in whatever career path I end up taking.

What are your outside interests?
I love outdoor activities (such as hiking or camping), swimming, scuba diving, going to the gym, watching movies, board games, and traveling.

Number of pets? What?
2 dogs who currently live with my parents back in Guam: Gimli and Liz


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