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Jessica White

M.S. in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) Externship Experience
May-August 2020
Exploring the Impact of Artificial Rearing on Animal Behavior: A Review
Jessica White

My original externship involved research under the supervision of Dr. Elizabeth Byrnes, an Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences here at Tufts. Given the circumstances with COVID-19, we shifted to conducting a literature review where I could work from home.
Guided by Dr. Byrnes, I explored the impact artificial rearing (or hand raising) has on animal behavior and associated considerations for animal welfare and public policy. This involved an extensive search process, reading and interpreting over 100 studies, and finally compiling a comprehensive review. The knowledge I gained from the MAPP program laid the foundation for the work I did this summer. From analyzing articles in statistics and other classes, to writing research papers, I frequently applied my learnings from MAPP coursework. Understanding the current literature in this topic can help inform animal welfare and policy decisions and I hope it will not only guide me but others in this field!

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