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Alicia Pensarosa and Jessica Baldeck are students in the M.S. in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) program who have competed as our first-ever graduate students in the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) Animal Welfare Assessment Contest (AWJAC) at Colorado State University (CSU) that was held November 16-18, 2018. Veterinary students at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University have competed in the past.

As the AVMA page states, “The Animal Welfare Assessment Contest (AWJAC) aims to provide a unique educational experience while strengthening student vocabulary and reasoning skills…. The contest is open to veterinary students, undergraduates, and graduate students.”

Dr. Sharon Kuca, assistant director of the AVMA’s Animal Welfare Division, received her M.S. in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) degree in 2018. Learn about Dr. Kuca’s externship experience while in the MAPP program here

Species covered in the 2018 contest included Dairy Goats, Egg Laying Ducks, Green Iguanas, and Polo Ponies
After the event, Jessica and Alicia said, “It was great to hear how the judges assessed each scenario” and “Overall it was a great learning experience and we can help guide the next team!”

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MAPP students, Jessica Baldeck and Alicia Pensarosa, went to AVMA's Animal Welfare Assessment Contest held at Colorodo State University (CSU)