BA, Liberal Arts, Eastern Nazarene College, 2010
M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University, 2019
Research and Regulatory Affairs Associate, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)
What were you doing before entering the Masters in Animals and Public Policy program?
I was a Quality Assurance Supervisor at Charles River labs. My role focused on the review of analytical data and reports by ensuring that they met US FDA requirements, as well as supervising two Quality Auditors.
What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
The variety of possible career paths, the friendliness of the staff and faculty, and the willingness to allow me to shadow classes and ask endless questions were a large part of my decision to pursue this program.
In what ways do you use your MAPP in your current position?
The familiarity with government on a state and federal level have helped as I’ve acclimated to my position, as well as the introduction to FOIA requests and tone in writing that were presented in the Animals in Society classes.
Tell us about your MAPP project or preceptorship. In what ways did it help you form your career goals?
Sometimes learning where your strengths do not lie is the best lesson, and it can help you to narrow your focus in possible career trajectories. The MAPP project/externship is also an excellent opportunity to pursue something that you’ve never had a chance to explore before.
What did you like most about the MAPP program?
I enjoyed meeting the variety of people who care about animal issues and learning where we differed and where we were similar in our opinions and goals.
Interests in and experience with animals
I’ve been interested in working with animals for many years. We had a variety of family pets while I was growing up, and I spent two summers in college working at a doggy daycare. I also participated in the Animal Caretakers Team at my undergrad college in the hopes of gaining additional hands-on experience with a variety of species. I’ve assisted in the caretaking of an elderly cat with special dietary needs and found that to be a highly valuable experience.
Is there anything else you would like to share with prospective MAPP students?
You might not get a job in the field you want while you are still in the program. You might not get a job in the field you want within a year of graduating. What matters is staying in touch with your network and continuing to expand it. The right job appears when you have the right connections, and it would’ve been much more difficult for me to find my job at PCRM without the MAPP alumni network.
Final Project Research Summary 2018:
An Analysis of the Role of Beliefs, Social Identity, and Demographics on Seal Tolerance on Nantucket, MA