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Lauren Adams

Master’s in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) Candidate 2022

Bachelors in Chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry, minor in Spanish literature, Skidmore College

What were you doing before entering the M.S. in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) program?
For the past two years I have been working in fundraising at a non-profit Nature Center which focuses on environmental and science education and wild bird rehabilitation. I coordinated memberships, ran the Adopt-a-Raptor fundraising program and wrote grants to raise money for projects at the wild bird rehabilitation center. Before that I spent five years working as an avian wildlife rehabilitator, most recently in Vermont, and prior to that, in California where I specialized in aquatic birds and oil spill response.

What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
Since moving away from working directly with animals in a hands-on setting, I have become much more interested in policy and how to help larger numbers of animals and communities. I have been concerned with animal welfare for a long time, and I chose to pursue the MAPP program to impact animals in a more broad and different way than one-one. I hope to combine my background in working with animals and my communication skills to move into the policy world.

Interests in and experience with animals
I have worked as a wildlife rehabilitator, a dog-walker, an environmental educator, a veterinary technician. I have also volunteered in animal care at an aquarium and on multiple wildlife population studies. My care and concern for animals spans the animal kingdom.

What do you want to focus on at MAPP?
More recently in my career, I have worked with wildlife and towards wildlife conservation and protection. Lately, I am interested in moving more into policy regarding animals in agriculture.

What are your career goals?
I have two visions. One is to work with legislators to advocate for changes in agriculture policy that improve conditions and treatment for animals, promote environmentally sustainable practices, protect workers in agriculture, and improve health outcomes for communities. The other one is to open a sanctuary for rescued farm animals

What are your outside interests?
I play ice hockey and roller derby. I love hiking and camping. I do crossword puzzles.

Number of pets? What type?
I have an 8yr old cattle dog named Deeray, and I’m obsessed with her!

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