B.S., Animal and Poultry Sciences with an emphasis in Companion and Laboratory Animals, Virginia Tech, 2018
M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University, 2020
What were you doing before entering the Masters in Animals and Public Policy program?
I was doing a mix of things. I worked at a veterinary hospital as a veterinary assistant. I did two zoo internships with exotic animals. I worked in animal care for a non-profit private animal organization and was a back-up technician for the mobile vaccine van for the same organization.
What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
I was looking for a 1-year graduate program that would make be a better animal care professional and the MAPP program checked off everything I was looking for. I enjoy analyzing and discussing animal issues and I am excited to get a more in-depth knowledge of animal issues and learn how I can play a role in influencing them through politics.
Interests in and experience with animals
My strongest interests are shelter welfare and animals in captivity. I have a lot of experience with companion animals. This past year I got a roughly 1,000 hours of experience with exotic animals in a zoo setting. I have some classroom-type experience with livestock and lab animals, along with small amount of wildlife volunteer work. Lastly, I did undergraduate research in poultry nutrition.
What are your outside interests?
I enjoy lake activities like paddle boarding and wakeboarding. I like to go on hikes, but never get around to doing it much. I enjoy taking my dogs for a long walk in the park down the street from my house in Virginia which sort of resembles a hike. I go snowboarding at least once every winter as well.
Number of pets? What?
My family has two English Yellow Labs named Nelson and Ranger.