B.S. in Animal Science, Cook College, Rutgers University, 1990
M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, 1996
Director, Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center
What were you doing before entering the Masters in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) program?
Working in Corporate America (Abt Associates, Inc, Cambridge, MA) and volunteering for animals while looking for graduate opportunities and re-considering vet school
What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
It seemed to be a perfect fit – advanced study for animals that wasn’t veterinary medicine
Tell us about your MAPP project or preceptorship. In what ways did it help you form your career goals?
We did a thesis in our class (’95-’96); mine was about immunocontraception of wildlife. Considering that tool, ethically and as a way to resolve some conflicts between humans and wildlife, informed my thinking about broader human/wildlife conflicts and solutions.
What did you like most about the MAPP program?
It was amazing to spend time talking with other people who care – and think – deeply about animals and our relationships with them, responsibilities toward them, etc. I was in the program before we all had such widespread access to resources, so I was exposed to articles and books (and ideas and theories) that I might not have found otherwise, as well as different responses to them by classmates and mentors.
How did you find your first job after graduation?
I networked as much as I could (attended conferences, seminars, workshops, etc.) and I volunteered to get more experience in the field. I followed up whenever appropriate with a letter indicating my interest in employment (full time or on a consulting basis). When an opportunity came up, I already knew the organization and some of the people.
What would you like current & prospective MAPP students to know about life after the program?
“What a long, strange trip it’s been…”. The perfect opportunity is probably not sitting there waiting for you to find it – you may need to compromise a bit until you find what you want and you may change your mind along the way. There’s something to be gained from each experience, though, so take advantage of the ones that work for you and continue to learn.
Is there anything else you would like to share with prospective MAPP students?
This program should be more than a stepping stone to vet school or a PhD program – you get out of it what you put into it, and all students in a class benefit from each one’s contributions, even if – especially if – their perspectives differ.
MAPP Capstone Research Project: Wildlife Contraception: An Evaluation of Options, Ethical Considerations and Public Attitudes.