B.S., Behavioral Neuroscience, Western Washington University, 2015
M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University, 2019
Contractor at WildEarth Guardians
What were you doing before entering the Masters in Animals and Public Policy program?
After graduating in December 2015, I went from part time to full time working as a Veterinary Assistant in Bellingham, WA. I also spent my time volunteering at a local therapeutic riding center where I assisted in horseback riding lessons for children and adults of all abilities. In my free time I hiked, traveled, and went on all sorts of other adventures!
What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
I think the most exciting part of this program is how unique it is. There is no other program that combines animal welfare with public policy and that opens the door to many possible future career paths. I like how diverse the student body is, with people coming from a variety of backgrounds. I also appreciate that there is no one path through the program. You can focus on areas that particularly interest you, but there are a variety of options both throughout the program and upon graduation.
Interests in and experience with animals
I grew up in a very animal-friendly home, where every living creature was valued. I’ve either been the guardian of or been around animals my entire life. My more professional animal experiences include working as a Veterinary Assistant at two different veterinary clinics, volunteering at the Northwest Therapeutic Riding Center, and completing a study abroad course on wildlife management in Tanzania.
What are your outside interests?
I love horseback riding, running, doing art projects, any outdoor activity (especially hiking and camping), traveling, and of course going on walks with my dog.
Number of pets? What?
I currently have one dog, named Kiana. She is a blue heeler/border collie mix. In the past I have had several cats, another dog, a box turtle, and a leopard gecko.