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B.A., Psychology, Colby-Sawyer College, 2019
M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University, 2021

Current Position:
Therapeutic Riding Instructor, Strongwater Farm Therapeutic Equestrian Center

What were you doing before entering the Masters in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) program?
I was at Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire studying Psychology and interning at Full Circle Farm Therapeutic Horsemanship.

What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
I was considering coming to Tufts to pursue a DVM, but after attending the Adventures in Veterinary Medicine program in high school, I realized that a career as a veterinarian may not be a good fit for me. I still had a passion for animals and a desire to incorporate them into my career, so I was excited to learn about the MAPP program and all of the unique opportunities it had to offer for people like me.

Interests in and experience with animals
I have been horseback riding since I was seven years old and grew up with dogs and other various furry friends in my home. I have worked at barns and doggie daycares, and am the go-to pet sitter for my friends and family. More recently I have begun exploring the benefits of animal assisted-therapy through volunteer opportunities and internships.

What do you want to focus on at MAPP? What drew you to this area?
I am planning on pursuing the applied track in order to focus specifically on human-animal relationships. I am hoping to expand on the knowledge I gained through my time at a therapeutic horseback riding facility and learn about giving animals a purpose while also improving the lives of those interacting with them.

What are your career goals?
I am hoping to work in the field of animal-assisted therapy. My goal is to learn through experience in the MAPP program and find a career path that I am passionate about.

What are your outside interests?
Other than riding horses, I like music, singing, and making pottery.

Number of pets? What type?
My family has two dogs: Benny, a 14-year-old Havanese, and Riley, a 10-year-old Maltipoo.

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