M.S. in Animals and Public Policy Externship Experience (MAPP)
Rein in a Dream: Operations and Certification of a PATH intl. Premier Accredited Center During COVID-19
As a therapeutic horsemanship intern for Perkins’ Rein in a Dream, I was involved not only in the day to day operations of the lesson program, but also assisted with the re-accreditation of the facility as a PATH premier center. One of my most rewarding job responsibilities was lesson support. I was able to observe seasoned instructors and learn from their confidence and expertise. I also saw first-hand the everyday operations of the program and what it takes to run an organization of this kind.
The MAPP program prepared me for many aspects of this job, but perhaps most helpful was the way it formed me as a communicator. Being an instructor calls for clear and competent communication, and through my coursework I developed a strong voice. I came into the program with experience in the equine industry but had never explored the aspects of animal welfare and the impact of policy decisions on these outcomes. I now see my career differently. I am not only an instructor of people, but an advocate for animals. The MAPP program expanded my view of the field I have wanted to pursue my whole life, and I am extremely grateful for all that I have learned.
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