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  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Florida Gulf Coast University, 2007
  • M.S. in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP), Tufts University, 2015

Current Positions:

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Deer checking out the trail camera at a project site where Kali Pereira, Senior Deer Program Manager, HSUS worked in collaboration with Dr. Allen Rutberg, Director, Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy on controlling the area’s white-tailed deer population using an immunocontraceptive vaccine.

  • First year PhD student, Biomedical Sciences, Human-Animal Interactions Track, Tufts University
  • Senior Deer Program Manager, Wildlife Protection Department, The Humane Society of the United States

What were you doing before entering the Masters in Animals and Public Policy program?
Prior to MAPP, I was working in small animal & wildlife medicine and sea turtle & marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, as well as community based healthcare for homeless youth in downtown Boston.

Kali Pereira, working in sea turtle rescue

Kali Pereira, working in sea turtle rescue

What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
I felt as though this program would give me a platform to gain my footing in carving out my own path within the issues I am most passionate about: Healthy & Mindful Living, and Appreciating and conserving the biodiversity of the “Wild” World.

Tell us about your MAPP project or preceptorship. In what ways did it help you form your career goals?
There is a hard lesson in the reality of planning research to be learned here-nothing goes according to plan- but this has strengthened my ability to go with the flow and remain open to changes. The project itself has been a terrific experience in networking and gaining perspectives from all sides of the table when it comes to marine species management. Not to mention some beautiful days out on the water observing local seals and sharks in their natural habitats.

What did you enjoy most about participating in MAPP?
Every week you have the opportunity to truly learn something new, giving you a chance to explore your own feelings on issues that you maybe hadn’t thought about with such scrutiny before. I loved the variety of topics and guest speakers- they really expose you to so much information to soak up!


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