Master’s in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) Candidate 2020
B.S., Biology, Ramapo College of New Jersey, 2016
What were you doing before entering the Masters in Animals and Public Policy program?
For 2 years post-graduation I was working at the PetCo next to my Alma Mater as the lead dog trainer working on basic training along with behavioral adjustments and counter conditioning. Prior to that I was interning at the Staten Island Zoo veterinary hospital.
What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
This program peaked my interest because it is unlike any other animal studies program that I have seen. My interest lie heavily in Human-animal interaction and its effect on animal behavior; the MAPP program allows me to study animals in the context of public policy and potentially impacting and understanding human-animal interaction on a larger scale.
Interests in and experience with animals
Over the years I have gathered a lot of experience with animals in a couple of different fields. I have done field research in a wildlife management semester abroad in Tanzania, this opened the door for me to work at a wildlife rehabilitation center working with wide range of birds and other native Maryland wildlife. I got a wonderful chance to work with big cats and camels as a zookeeper at the Oakland Zoo. While working with the camels I spent a lot of my time with them recording and analyzing their behavior. I also have gotten the chance to intern at a zoo hospital in Staten Island. My most recent and longest animal related job has been a dog trainer at the PetCo in my area and that’s where my interest in Human-Animal interaction was peaked.
What do you want to focus on at MAPP? What drew you to this?
I am very excited to learn more about the politics of the Human-animal relationship especially in regards to wildlife, and wildlife in captivity. Studying in Eastern Africa, working in different zoos and wildlife rehab clinics definitely drew me to be interested in wildlife.
What are your career goals?
Nothing is currently set in stone for me. I do hope to continue my education and research into a PhD in Animal Behavior but I am excited to learn new things in this program and I am leaving my options open for any opportunities that I may find after graduation.
What are your outside interests?
I love photography and other art mediums, browsing museums and eating my way through cities with my friends. I also really enjoy sitting on the couch and watching a bunch of episodes of the same Netflix show.
Number of pets? What?
I have one wonderful little guy! Oscar he’s a 6 year old cat with kidney disease and a very loud voice. He’s a sweetheart and my dad’s best friend.