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Blythe Owen

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

Education:
B.A., Psychology, Wheaton College, 2019

What were you doing before entering the Masters in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) program?
As I just graduated this past May, I spent most of my summer helping my parents move into their new house. In my four years at Wheaton College before this I studied psychology with minors in animal behavior and biology. I studied abroad for a semester in South Africa where I lead field research in different SANPark locations. I volunteered one summer in Thailand working with rescued elephants from trekking and logging conditions. I learned how to run a nonprofit organization and communicate with people around me, specifically people who did not speak English as a first language.

What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
I am extremely interested in the policy aspect of animal rights and public awareness. MAPP was the only program I found that tied policy into animal care and animal behavior.

Interests in and experience with animals
I have had a serious interest in working with animals since middle school. In middle and high school, I trained and took care of my own pets along with pet sitting for neighbors. After I entered college, I was able to run research and volunteer at national parks and local zoos.

What do you want to focus on at MAPP? What drew you to this?
I am really hoping to learn more about the policy making process and understanding how policy effects the environment around us. I hope to round out my research and analytic skills for creating and understanding the most effective way to construct policy.

What are your career goals?
I am extremely interested in environmental legislative advocacy with local government or organizations like Women Working for Oceans and EarthJustice.

What are your outside interests?
I have been involved in performance groups for many years including community theater, dance groups, a capella, and steel drums.

Number of pets? What?
One dog named Tipper; he is a rescued mutt that we think is part lab.

Is there anything else you would like to share?
I am so excited to get to know everyone and be studying my focused interests.
 

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