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Education:
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

Current Position:
DVM Candidate, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine

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.

MAPP Externship: Animal Advocacy and Animal Sheltering in the Midlands of South Carolina

Full list of MAPP capstone research projects >>