M.S. in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) Candidate 2022
Nutrition and Food Science, Dietetics: California State University, Chico: 2007
Registered Dental Hygienist
What were you doing before entering the M.S. in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) program?
I worked as a Dental Hygienist for 11 years in California. The last six I was a volunteer for the Santa Cruz County Animal shelter where I worked with surrendered, stray, and evacuated animals from all over the state.
What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
I was looking for an opportunity to change career paths to focus on my passion for helping animals. I was inspired to apply after reading about the MAPP program’s unique focus on promoting the status of animals through policy and community outreach. I enjoyed learning about how the alumni of the program were implementing the skills they gained to pursue advocacy roles and I look forward to doing the same.
Interests in and experience with animals
I’ve lived with dogs my entire life, and have found working with the less fortunate animals at the county shelter to be challenging yet rewarding. There, I found a passion for fostering small dogs who were especially distressed, medically complicated, or under-socialized. In the 6 years I have volunteered I have fostered 16 small dogs, all of whom found loving adopters. Last year, I gained a new love for helping animals of all species who were displaced due to recent wildfires in California.
What do you want to focus on at MAPP?
I’m unsure what my focus will be for the MAPP program. My passion for animal welfare within shelter environments drew me to this program, but I’m excited to explore many avenues of animal advocacy.
What are your outside interests?
I’m an “extreme” sea glass hunter. My favorite pastime is donning a wetsuit and booties and fighting the swell at low tide to find sea glass up and down the California coast. Certain tides and conditions are not for the faint of heart and can be quite dangerous, but the reward is great. I’ve found many rare pieces which I have great pride in displaying at home.
Number of pets? What type?
I have 2 dogs, a Chihuahua and Shih Tzu mix.
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