B.S. in Biology, Boston College, 2010
M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University, 2012
US Head of Public Engagement, Compassion in World Farming (USA)
What were you doing before entering the Master’s in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) program?
I spent a year after college exploring potential graduate programs. During that time I interned at two environmental organizations, and worked in the student support dept. of an online grad program.
What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
I had never before seen a program focused solely on animal policy, and it was exactly what I was looking for to reach my future goals of working in a leadership role at an animal welfare nonprofit. I was also attracted to the unique one year length of the program, so I could start my dream career as soon as possible.
In what ways do you use your Master’s in Animals and Public Policy degree in your current position?
I primarily work to promote broiler chicken welfare. This requires intimate knowledge of factory farming, higher welfare farming, food businesses, government agencies, and how to influence consumers. I learned about each of those aspects in the MAPP program, and made connections with people working in those fields through guest lectures. My job is to raise awareness of our campaigns online, but I was told I was hired specifically because of my education and passion for chicken welfare.
Tell us about your MAPP project or preceptorship. In what ways did it help you form your career goals?
My preceptorship was with the advocacy department of the MSPCA. I learned I didn’t want to be so directly involved with lobbying, but I met some amazing people who I still work with from time to time. The flexibility of the final project allowed me to build a website (badvegetarian.com) for the first time, and explore the ins and outs of social marketing through an online platform. Today, my career centers on digital social marketing, so it was an excellent starting point!
What did you like most about the MAPP program?
Some of my most memorable and useful experiences came from a farm animal elective course, where we followed veterinarian Dr. McMullen on his rounds to his clients’ farms in the area. It was a great learning experience to hear from the perspective of farmers, and how a veterinarian can communicate and work with them to improve the animals’ wellbeing.
Is there anything else you would like to share with prospective MAPP students?
The diversity in student backgrounds and opinions kept classroom discussions very interesting!
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